Summary of OZ Commons - Downtown Osawatomie Redevelopment

Osawatomie

Contact Information

Organization: Osawatomie
Contact person: Mike Scanlon
Title: City Manager
Phone: 9132-755-2146
E-mail: mscanlon@osawatomieks.org
Organization address: 439 Main Street, PO Box 37
  Osawatomie, KS    66064


General Information

Project title: OZ Commons - Downtown Osawatomie Redevelopment
Project description: Our hope for the Oz Commons Planning Process is that the City's downtown corridor will once again become the vibrant center of our community. Transit is key to our project: A key component of that vibrancy is allowing for and incorporating multi-modal transportation alternatives into the OZ Common’s plan. Our community was founded on trains and was built from the train station outward to the surrounding lands that held our town’s housing. We were once a very walkable community. That early development pattern included mostly narrow roads and alleys that served to support traffic based on the horse and buggy, and walking. As time passed the downtown and surrounding town area began to take on characteristics of the almost every other small community in America, where roads were widened and the pedestrian became an afterthought. Our goals in the OZ Commons Planning Process would be to actively engage all parts of our community in re-thinking and rebuilding our town center and creating active transportation corridors (trails/sidewalks/bike routes) that reconnect our town to it’s past and the Flint Hills Trail State Park. We believe that over the last decade we’ve made several crucial investments in some of these corridor connections through street, curb and sidewalk improvements in 2010 and 2018. The future of our community will be decided by the planning work we undertake to create a revived downtown that we are calling, OZ Commons. This planning will set the stage for our next 100 years. We as a community were founded in 1854 and incorporated in 1883 with our roots tracing back to pre-Civil war and the expansion of railroads into Kansas. That history and the conditions that created our community and downtown have changed multiple times in the past 170 years. Commerce and retail in the downtown corridor once drove the fortunes of our Town those days are over and our need to rethink and rebuild our downtown buildings needs to begin soon if the structures are to be saved. We believe that tying our bike/ped infrastructure back into the downtown are critical. Our hope would be to build an active, sustainable and renewable plan that allows for whatever uses could benefit future generations and bring back the walkable community we once were and in turn save our downtown buildings. Our Primary Users: The primary users of our Oz Commons plan would be both private and public developers as well as our current downtown area landowners and business owners. It will take these four groups working together to bring the OZ Commons plan into existence and it will require a plan that can adapt to changing economic conditions over time. Citizens will also be primary users as we begin to both identify and encourage multiple modes of transportation besides automobiles. We plan to incorporate a series of historic and scenic trail and sidewalk loops both through and around OZ Commons to the Flint Hills Trail State Park trailhead. We believe that by creating an active (and interesting) trail and sidewalk system we can improve the health of our residents. We believe that if done well we can attract visitors and cyclists to our community and become a destination on the Flint Hills trail.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Plan
Project Contact: Michael Scanlon
Project Location: City of Osawatomie, located in Miami County, Kansas. The street locations are as follows Fourth Street(east) to Seventh Street(west) and Parker Avenue(north)to Pacific Avenue(south).
Project Scope: Task Assignment/Task/Deliverables:-City Council/City Council Resolution 1/ Resolution creating a Committee made up of two members each from the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce, City of Osawatomie City Council, City of Osawatomie Planning Commission, Flint Hills Trail Task Force, Parents In Education (PIE) and Osawatomie Ministerial Committee to begin the development of a Community Planning Process, RFP, and Calendar. The name of the committee to be OZ COMmunity Planning group or OZCOMP. - OZ Committee Planning group (OZCOMP)/Initiate a planning discussion that ends in a RFP sent to area planning firms/ OZCOMP road map and RFP document that solicits proposals from local planning firms to help in the OZ Commons planning effort. -OZCOMP/Interview and select a planning firm to assist in the OZ Commons planning process/ Selection of firm and recommendation to the Osawatomie City Council. -City Council/City Council Resolution 2/ Resolution of the City Council accepting the recommendation of OZCOMP and directing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the planning firm selected. -City Manager/Contract negotiation and recommendation to City Council/ During contract negotiations ensure that there is a robust set of public engagement components that involves all areas of the City. -City Manager/City Planning Official/Finalize Scope of deliverables that are part of the project/ Finalize a calendar and deliverables of the OZ Commons planning process including but not limited to, 1Community Meeting(s) Calendar and publication of meeting results and comment provided. 2An initial draft of thematic ideas gained in the public meetings and shared with City Staff. 3Converting thematic ideas into a set of charettes that can be presented to OZCOMP and the community in a series of meetings. 4Second set of community meetings that begins to tighten and focus the OZ Commons Plan based on charettes that are shared. 5Final report that includes an implementation framework separated into capital investments, continued planning efforts, amendments to City Code and Land Use regulations and overall strategy for ongoing community engagement and involvement. The report should have both an area Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and a beginning framework for a Form-Based Code that the City can build off of. -Outside Planning Firm/City Staff/Community Volunteers/Community Meeting(s) Calendar/ A calendar that is published via social media and local media soliciting the input of the public into the OZ Common Planning process. More about this in Question 12. -Outside Planning Firm/City Staff/Cataloging thematic ideas that were harvested from the public meetings/ A written report showing the level of participation and thematic ideas heard at the initial round of public meetings. -Outside Planning Firm/OZCOMP/Osawatomie City Council/Conversion of thematic ideas into charettes/ A set of charettes built on the thematic ideas that came from the Community Planning process. -Outside Planning Firm/Second Set Community Meetings/ A set of community meting that begins to tighten and focus the OZ Commons Plan. -Outside Planning Firm/Final Report/ A final report that includes an implementation framework separated into capital investments, continued planning efforts, amendments to City Code and Land Use regulations and overall strategy for ongoing community engagement and involvement. The report should have both an area Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and a beginning framework for a Form-Based Code that the City can build off of.

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: $72500
Federal amount $58000
Minimum Funding amount $42500
Match amount: $14500
Source of Local Match: General Fund

Submitted comments

Roy Seichepine said...

Any possible way to make area run further south, utilize the properties that are currently not being used for any purpose except to grow grass and bugs along with incorporating eating and drink establishments

6/26/2020 10:58:29 AM


Roy Seichepine said...

Any possible way to make area run further south, utilize the properties that are currently not being used for any purpose except to grow grass and bugs along with incorporating eating and drink establishments

6/26/2020 10:58:29 AM


Mike Moon said...

Im excited by this proposal and its potential positive impact for our community. Let me know how I can be of service.

6/26/2020 11:46:37 AM


Abbigail Chase said...

We just moved to Oz in 2018 but we have enjoyed it since! Love the small town and all the history that comes with it. Seems like every time I turn around I see or hear something historical about our city. Our kids our young, so they don’t totally grasp the time and history, but the absolutely LOVE going to the John Brown museum and hearing about things that went on here where we live now! It sure is adorable when there faces light up when they hear ‘Osawatomie’ in historical stories. I think this town has a lot to offer, historical and future, not only for residents visitors as well!

6/26/2020 12:00:28 PM


Cynthia Forsberg said...

This is a wonderful project that will benefit this community in many ways!

6/26/2020 12:03:07 PM


Tom Troutman said...

City has many projects that this grant would really be able to benefit in helping revitalize the City.

6/26/2020 1:06:55 PM


Don Jordan said...

This sounds like a very smart and appropriate plan for Osawatomie.

6/26/2020 1:20:03 PM


Don Jordan said...

This sounds like a very smart and appropriate plan for Osawatomie.

6/26/2020 1:20:04 PM


Susan Gorman said...

This project would be a very exciting and much needed improvement for our town. It is frustrating to not be able to find places in town with consistent safely constructed walking spaces. Having a space to walk and feel comfortably safe would be wonderful. I think this would also encourage small businesses to locate in the downtown area as more visitors come to check out our town.

6/26/2020 3:16:20 PM


April Damron said...

Osawatomie is a beautiful and charming town with lots of history and the potential for a thriving economy. However,the downtown area is hurting and desperately needs new life breathed into it, as this impacts our entire community. This would be a huge step forward for Osawatomie.

6/26/2020 3:40:12 PM


Mark Govea said...

This would be a great opportunity for Osawatomie I have many fond memories of my hometown business area. The “Osawa Theatre” where summers spent watching the Saturday afternoon matinee cliffhangers. I remember a ice cream soda at Meeks Drugstore. Bought my first bicycle at Gambles by putting five dollars down on layaway. I would walk or ride my bike through the downtown to school daily. The thought of a community bike/Ped infrastructure would be a novel boast to our downtown community.

6/26/2020 5:56:21 PM


Kevin Schasteen said...

Anything to improve our town and bring more people to it is a good thing. Hopefully I will be able to join the effort.

6/26/2020 8:10:16 PM


Wes Duncan said...

This is a great idea that will help the trail to blossom in the community. Im all for sustainable change! This is the kind of forward thinking that Osawatomie needs.

6/27/2020 2:17:10 AM


Karen LaDuex said...

With the last link of the Flint Hills Trail and its Trailhead completed, our community has a wonderful opportunity to use the trail as an impetus to create a system to link our downtown, our schools and our historic sites. With walkable trails and sidewalks, Osawatomie will develop, and share, a revived interest in the beauty, history and amenities of our city.

6/27/2020 5:48:33 AM


Michelle Burroughs said...

I really like the idea of trails within our town; I love the idea of a walkable (bikable) community.

6/27/2020 9:04:54 AM


KayeLee Rogers said...

This project would bring vibrancy, rejuvenation, and new life to Osawatomie! When you are driving south-bound on 169, there is a "banner" over the city that states: "Osawatomie, a city of history & promise" - I believe this project would unearth the deep,rich history of Oz and provoke the promise of renewal to many generations to come!

6/27/2020 12:10:50 PM


Michael L Peace said...

Really great Deal!!!

6/27/2020 3:43:27 PM


Rachel Waddle said...

As a lifetime resident of the Osawatomie community I am excited about the possibility of improving our city!

6/28/2020 9:15:17 AM


Kari Bradley said...

I am personally very excited about this project. I am an everyday stroller-pusher in this town. Having a nice, solid foundation for feet and wheels to move on sounds great! Connecting the trail (more easily) to the businesses in town could mean great things for Osawatomie!

6/28/2020 11:25:13 AM


Jamie Heppler said...

I am super excited to see this come to fruition. It will help revitalize out community.

6/28/2020 2:08:06 PM


Mark Govea said...

This would be a great opportunity for Osawatomie I have many fond memories of my hometown business area. The “Osawa Theatre” where summers spent watching the Saturday afternoon matinee cliffhangers. I remember a ice cream soda at Meeks Drugstore. Bought my first bicycle at Gambles by putting five dollars down on layaway. I would walk or ride my bike through the downtown to school daily. The thought of a community bike/Ped infrastructure would be a novel boast to our downtown community.

6/29/2020 11:17:55 AM


James Crowl said...

I moved to Osawatomie in 1961, I started school here in the seventh grade. I consider Osawatomie my home town. This process sounds like a wonderful way to start improvements for the future.

6/29/2020 11:45:55 AM


Sheila Wilson said...

Osawatomie is in great need for a grant to do this work as proposed. I work in Osawatomie with the elderly and they are constantly telling me how great downtown used to be and we want it back that away again!

6/29/2020 1:06:33 PM


Kari Burchett said...

Any project that can enhance recreation within our community would be welcome and needed! Walking paths, bike paths, running paths, etc connected parts of our community with the existing Flint Hills Trail and with other parts of town would be much enjoyed.

6/29/2020 2:02:34 PM


Melissa Cooke said...

As a fan of the Flint Hills Trail, our downtown, and our community, I am excited by the possibilities for them mutually benefit each other through this plan. Osawatomie has a lot of potential and I believe that incorporating the Trail into a plan for revitalizing our town is a forward thinking and viable one. As the natural trail head, I think that we need to grab this opportunity and I look forward to hearing more!

6/29/2020 2:38:22 PM


Bradley Air Conditioning & Heating said...

What an amazing opportunity for the community!

6/29/2020 4:39:18 PM


Kathie Pinneo said...

Im very grateful to the city and civic leaders for coming together to improve our community. It exemplifies the very spirit of OZ. This project will enhance the various other improvements made in recent years to increase recreational opportunities and improve the health of citizens.

6/30/2020 10:50:46 AM


Tammy Seamands said...

I am so excited for the City of Osawatomie to have the opportunity to grown and revitalize its downtown. This funding will play a very important role in helping the City to do things that will enrich the community.

6/30/2020 3:58:52 PM


jeffwalmann said...

I am very happy to see the Flint Hills Trailhead with connection to the 117 mile trail a reality. Finishing touches: signs, a kiosk, bathrooms, access to water, and a bridge are to follow. A large parking area with room for many horse trailers is about complete. The trail is being used now by locals, Kansas City residents, Kansas residents and folks from all over the United States. We want thank the many donors who helped this become a reality.

7/1/2020 3:48:51 PM


Jeff D Dorsett MD said...

A town is either growing or dying; it does not sit still. Osawatomie has struggled with economic growth as we are so close to the KC metro area, there is minimal manufacturing employment, and the countys largest employer, the Osawatomie State Hospital has been critically underfunded for the last 20 years. We are on a threshold to help ourselves. The Flint Hills State Park is KS 2nd newest state park and the 7th longest rails-to-trails in the US. Biking, hiking, and horseback riding are among the fastest growing health and recreational activities. With the COVID 19 pandemic these activities have exploded as people are seeking more healthy outdoor activities and are unable to travel great distances. As the eastern terminus to this great trail we have the opportunity to be the gateway to adventure seekers from all over the Midwest US. With our unique Civil War history and railroad history we have the opportunity to be a leading day trip and weekend destination for the KC metro area with its 2 million residents. The Oz Commons, as described above, and a community that is safe and welcoming to pedestrians, bikers, and a venue for equestrians will not only attract those visitors but improve the quality of life and overall health of our residents. Additionally, that type of community will be an attraction for businesses seeking a home. I personally am on the Flint Hills Trail several times per week and have met hundreds of visitors from out of county and out of state and a huge majority are very impressed and ready to come back. . . with additional friends or family.

7/1/2020 4:20:08 PM


Donna R Eichorn said...

Sounds like an awesome plan. Excited to see where this leads.

7/3/2020 11:21:18 AM


Patty Henness said...

Osawatomie is a town that is full of heart, friendships, and community pride. I have lived here my entire life and would love to see it brought back to life for many generations to fall in love with the way I have.

7/4/2020 10:28:42 AM


 


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