The concept for improving 4th Street from Pacific Avenue to Washington Avenue was developed over the past several years by a grass roots consortium of active and interested citizens, professional groups and developers. The vision for the block, honoring Quincy Jones, is to revitalize a long-neglected city block into an active, housing-based, day-to-night urban center with focused arts, entertainment, and evening-centric retail spaces. The concept compliments and builds on the revitalization of downtown that has been happening block by block over the last decade and a half, and will encourage increased density and housing in the downtown area.
The City has selected Rice Fergus Miller Architects, a local firm, to complete plans for the project. The City will negotiate and execute a contract with RFM, and give the firm notice to proceed with design in late September. The design team has completed survey for the street and has conceptual designs ready to present to the public at the December 4th public meeting. Design will take place over the course of 2019, and construction is slated for 2020. The City, and RFM are excited to embark on the project in collaboration with stakeholders and the community. Several public meetings will be planned for the early stages of design in order to engage the public in the design process.
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The City has secured two grants for the design of Quincy Square on 4th Street. A federal Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $250,000 was has been awarded for the project, as well as a $300,000 direct appropriation from the State Legislature for the project. The City will be pursuing grants for the construction of the project. Construction is slated for 2020.