In June 2010, the design team AECOM developed a preliminary design concept for 8th Street and the adjacent proposed Creamery Rail Spur Path between Rural Road and McClintock Drive. Public input into the design included AECOM and Tempe staff working with a group of area stakeholders consisting of neighborhood chairpersons, business and property owners as well as conducting several public meetings. The project design was well received and focused on enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the street and for the proposed multi-use path, landscaping, lighting and reconfigured on-street parking that maximized opportunities The project design concept was used by staff to pursue federal grants for construction of the project. To date staff has received $1.38 million in funds for the project.
On Aug. 14, the City Council approved a contract with OTAK to provide consulting services related to the refinement of the design. The current budget is not enough to fully fund all the elements identified in the preliminary design concept.
A public meeting to refine the design and to begin prioritizing project elements to fit within the budget is scheduled for Sept. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the New School for the Arts located at 1216 E Apache Blvd. An online comment form will be available Sept. 30 through Nov. 10.
A second public meeting will be held Nov. 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the New School for the Arts located at 1216 E Apache Blvd. At this meeting a preferred design concept will be presented based on comments received in September and October.
Staff plans to complete the public process including presenting to Tempe Board and Commissions by late spring 2015, and construction could begin as early as Jan. 2016.
Contact project manager Eric Iwersen for more information.