Special Projects Director / John McClenny
The City owns two blocks approximately 129,000 square feet each (about 6 acres total) in Downtown Stillwater. These are known as Block 34 & Block 35. Block 35 houses the Stillwater Community Center and Project Heart. Block 34 is vacant. Stillwater City Council is exploring options for the best use of this property.
Block 34 & 35 boundaries: Duck Street to the west, 8th Avenue to the north, 9th Avenue to the south and Husband Street to the east.
The most recent redevelopment master plan for the downtown commercial district recommended the site incorporate urban green space, a water feature, farmers’ market area and small outdoor entertainment area. The City also commissioned a feasibility analysis for a potential new convention center. The analysis clearly identified a market that could support a 30,000 to 40,000 square feet convention center — including a 20,000 to 25,000 square feet clear span, multipurpose hall with a 25-foot ceiling.
Recent development and market evaluation indicate continued growth in demand for additional dining, entertainment, specialty retail, downtown office space and residential apartments or condos.
The site has sufficient space to design a quality mixed-use development to meet all these identified needs.
On April 15, 2015, the City sent out a request for qualifications (RFQ) from experienced urban planning firms to use existing planning documents and proposals and guide a process for determining the best development potential for these two blocks in Downtown Stillwater.
June 15, 2015: Stillwater Economic Development Authority (SEDA) trustees established criteria for the evaluation of downtown urban planning proposals for the Stillwater Economic Development Authority Council (SEDAC).
July 20, 2015: SEDA trustees received an update on the urban planner selection process. The City received 13 proposals, which were ranked and the top five were selected by SEDAC.
August 24, 2015: SEDA trustees received an update from General Manager Dan Galloway.
September 14, 2015: SEDA trustees reviewed the top three urban planner recommendations from SEDAC and trustees selected ADG Inc.
October 19, 2015: SEDA trustees approved contract with ADG Inc.
October 26, 2015: Stillwater City Council hears presentation from ADG regarding the downtown redevelopment project process and time frames.
November 9, 2015: ADG conducted its first round of public input meetings. These meetings included local business leaders, retail and restaurant owners, OSU officials, community leaders, city councilors, local developers and city staff.
December 17, 2015: ADG conducted its second round of public input meetings. These meetings included local media, downtown merchants, artists, business leaders, city staff and city councilors.
Feb 22–23, 2016: ADG conducted its third round of public input meetings. These meetings included residents, local business leaders, retail and restaurant owners, OSU officials, OSU students, community leaders, city councilors, local developers and city staff.
March 28, 2016: ADG presented its Block 34 and 35 concept plan to Stillwater Economic Development Authority trustees.
April 25, 2016: Development Services Director Paula Dennison presented a concept for Block 34 with 100% public use, entitled "Founders Park Concept," which was created by Patty Evans and Tom Coots. The purpose of the concept was to show what features could be added if it is public.
June 20, 2016: Stillwater City Council heard a presentation from Special Projects Director John McClenny on interim uses for Block 34. He stated that during the time that Block 34 is vacant, staff would like to utilize a concept termed "tactical urbanism." Examples were shown of this concept being used in other cities. Temporary and low cost events are being planned for Block 34.