Troy has another round of public workshops coming up to talk about 1 Monument Square

1 Monument Square site 2016-08-25

The city of Troy has posted the schedule for the upcoming series of public workshops to talk about the future of the 1 Monument Square site. It includes three events in one week at the Arts Center of the Capital Region:

Monday, June 18:
Movie night and discussion 4:30-6 pm
Community workshop 6-8 pm

Wednesday, June 20
Open house to discuss design ideas 5-8 pm

Thursday, June 21
Community design review 6-8 pm

Last month the Madden admin announced the city had hired to two consultancies to assist with the effort. Blurbage then:

The agenda for the evening of Monday, June 18, will include a presentation about previous uses of the site, dialogue about the public's vision for use and design, review of past proposals, and introduction of a range of new concepts. During the process, these concepts will be evaluated and designed in real-time and, working with the public, a preferred concept will be developed. The approach is interactive and inclusive and offers the public an opportunity to attend some, or all of the design sessions, focus groups, open houses and presentations to develop a consensus for moving forward with this site's reuse.

This series of events will mark the fifth major effort to develop something on the former city hall site downtown. Each previous attempt -- the most recent being the movie theater proposal -- has ended in some sort of drama. And it was just two years ago that the city held a large public workshop to gather input for the site.

So it will be interesting to see if this new effort can substantially shift the discussion toward a workable plan and some sort of solid public consensus.


One day, as we proudly watch our grandchildren start heading to public hearings about what to do with Monument Square, we'll wistfully say to them, "I remember when I was your age, workshopping ideas about Monument Square. But the years pass, and god willing, one day your own grandkids will start going to Monument Square design discussions, too."

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