Downtown Streetscape Project FAQ'S

WILL WE LOSE PARKING SPACES?
- No spaces will be lost. We had 12. We will still have 12. The layout is just different. 
- In addition, there will be significantly more green space and seating. 

HOW IS THIS BEING PAID FOR?
-This project was budgeted and is being paid for out of the Capital Improvements Fund. 
- The project costs and funding were discussed in multiple public meetings, at public City Council budget meetings, and at public City Council meetings authorizing the construction contract. 
-The planning and budgeting for the downtown sidewalk, parking and streetscape improvements have been part of the City's Infrastructure Strategic Plan and Budget document for many years. 

WHY WAS THE GAZEBO REMOVED?
- Non-compliance with ADAAG regulations, requiring significant re-construction.
- Usability for events. Even if the gazebo were to be made accessible, it would still not function adequately for events. It is too small and not conducive for large gatherings, etc.

WHAT'S THIS GOING TO LOOK LIKE WHEN IT'S FINISHED??
- Attached are design photos of the project with descriptions.

WHY NOT USE THIS MONEY TO IMPROVE STREETS? 
-The City has commenced more than 12 large road and utility projects in 2018 to date, totaling over $4.2 Million dollars. 
- This does not include the downtown quad parking and streetscape improvements. 
- More than $3.6 Million in roadway projects are currently being performed, including paving portions of Bever, Oak Hill, Smithville-Western, Brookside, Oakley, Country Club, Skylark, Catalina, Monterey, Highland Park, E. Highland, Marilyn, Normandy, Mindy, Melanie, Graustark Path, Impala, Brooke Way, Pepperwood, Star Drive, Ryan Court, Wayne Ave, Cleveland Road and Burbank Road (SR83), as well as intersection and signal improvements on Madison Ave and Liberty Street. 
- The City spends $2.5M to $3M every year paving miles of streets, as well as several hundred thousand dollars on pavement repairs and patching. 

DID YOU SEEK INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC & DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES ON THIS?
- Yes. We began the development of our Downtown Strategic Plan in 2015. Public meetings were held, online information was provided, surveys were conducted, and focus groups were formed.
- The overwhelming public and downtown business input was for added park-like settings downtown, including green space and space for public events/entertainment. 
- To view the documents provided at these planning sessions and meetings, please go to our website @ https://www.woosteroh.com/engineering/downtown-streetscape-project
- The Downtown Wooster Master Plan is also available on our website @ https://www.woosteroh.com/sites/default/files/Wooster%20Downtown%20Plan%...

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE INDIVIDUALIZED BRICKS THAT WERE PURCHASED AND INSTALLED IN THE QUADRANT?
- New bricks are being made to replace the ones that were removed.
- They will be reinstalled either in the quad or next to the courthouse across the road.