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Village, Firm May Partner to Help Garner Community Input On Route 59 Future

The company Civic Artworks, whose motto is “empowering civic design,” will take the lead on getting community input through crowd-sourcing.

Those intimidated by speaking at a public forum will soon have a new avenue to share their thoughts on the future of the Route 59 corridor.

The company Civic Artworks, whose motto is “empowering community design,” will take the lead on getting input on the through crowd-sourcing, said Village planner Michael Garrigan.

Crowd-sourcing is a concept where community feedback is generated via social media.

But Garrigan is quick to note the process will also include old-fashioned public meetings to solicit input from residents.

Representatives from Civic Artworks attended Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting to further explain the crowd-sourcing method.

Through the initiative, residents will be able to go to an online platform on Civic Artworks’ website, log in their suggestions, and the rest of the community can respond. Their support takes an idea to the top of the system; once a single idea receives the majority of online support, it becomes a part of the planning process. Once it hits Civic Artworks’ drafting boards, the planners and designers begin crafting initial design ideas based on collected feedback.

“This is a way of trying to maximize input and it will give great credence to people along the business transition corridor,” Garrigan said.

The project is not expected to exceed $5,000.

Garrigan does not anticipate the input solicitation to begin until late August or early September.

In the meantime, tell us what you think? Should the Route 59 corridor remain BTD, or do you think it lends itself to more intense commercial use? Share your opinion in the comments, and tell us why you feel that way.

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Candy Clouston July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I favor BTD. There's enough congestion and business access difficulty already. I'd like to see more charm driving through the downtown area on 59, not less.
Ed Arter July 11, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Grrreat idea -- It's called Democracy -- Power to the people; that's what this country was built on. I like Candy's comment-- we need charm not chaos.
British Plainfield July 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The charm can start by building the BP gas station at 30 and 59.
Olddeegee July 11, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Do you work for them?
British Plainfield July 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I do not. I'm struggling to pay all these increased water bills, increased gas taxes, increased property taxes, and increased sales tax while we plainfield residents run businesses and developers out of town. The tax base needs to be strengthened around the entire village and taxing residents to death is not the answer.
Mike Check July 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Amen BP
Miguel Sanchez July 11, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Hello BP: Would you support an alternative business at this location? Something other than a gas station? If so, what are your ideas?
Olddeegee July 11, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Then why doesn't BP build where a station is needed? I'm not against the business, but unless you have a financial motive with this location, your motives are suspect. Rt 30 0r RT126 heading west needs the business. Do you own the spot at 59 and 30 or have any financial interest there?
Jerry July 12, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Lots of places west and south that could really benefit from this business. This intersection is the wrong place for it though.
British Plainfield July 12, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I like the idea of a coffee shop like a starbucks or caribou with right in right out access.
Ruth July 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
A BIG NO to any gas station at 30 & 59, but a coffee shop would be nice there! I do think ANY business that goes in there is going to have to be worth the effort it is going to take to get in and out of such a BUSY intersection....
Ed Arter July 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Correct Ruth--No left turn allowed from West Bound Rt 30 / No left Turn allowed from South Bound Rt 59. A Right turn from East Bound Rt 30 will obstruct the funnelled ( you're in the constricted part of a lane reduction taper here) turners from South Bound 59 going toward Joliet--Add the alley turners issue, and then add the already hazardous turn from South Bound Dillman across 31/2 lanes w/ median to East Bound 30. That now cuts your access to a Right in/out, from, and to, Rt 59 North Bound and that entrance is too close to the intersection to be considered a safe pattern, let alone the chance of rear ends in a thru lane and an accident scramble to exit when the light turns green. Any development that has that many red flags on the drawing board must realize that a high to medium volume traffic business located here faces an equation for failure and/or disaster. The BTD needs to stay in place up to at least Fort Beggs.
Ram Seichert July 13, 2012 at 02:33 AM
@Ed Arter - you make a lot of great points about traffic access to this plot of land near this busy intersection. You have a tremendous amount of experience in the roadway engineering and construciton field. I certainly hope you are giving strong consideration to running for the Plainfield Township Highway Commissioner next election. You have a lot of support around Village.
Leif Hendricksen July 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I enjoy the "Patch" and the comments posted in reference to the articles presented. However, I disregard and in most cases do not even read any postings that are placed online by individuals using false names. If you are an adult please stand up and be counted and I for one will listen.

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