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Your ideas needed to shape new Westpark

The 82-acre Westpark site is virtually a blank slate on which the redevelopment team hopes the public will etch its vision.

Beginning Monday, May 8 at the Westpark Community Center, Marathon Development, Inc. is conducting a design charrette. This five-day brainstorming session includes meetings with state and city officials and Westpark citizens. But it is also open to anyone with ideas about what they would like to see in the new Westpark.

“(The architects) want to have the interaction with the general public,” said Kathryn Jerkovich, project manager for Marathon.

The community center, located at 76 Russell Road will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday for people to drop by and toss out their ideas. The design team will be there sketching out ideas and getting feedback. An evening session is scheduled 7-9, Monday-Wednesday and Friday to present the general concepts and get more community input.

So far, the only certainties of the $300 million redevelopment are that it will have a retail portion, homes for sale and low-income housing. The rest is still a work in progress.

“We’re basically starting with a blank slate,” Jerkovich said.

She hopes the event will draw plenty of people and their ideas on everything from new road layouts to building configurations.

“It should be quite the frenzy of activity,” she said.

All this activity, however, is expected to yield quick results.

“By the end of the week, we should get a preferred plan,” Jerkovich said.

For those who can’t attend the charrette, they may share their ideas by calling Kathryn Jerkovich at (360) 373-4169 or e-mail kjerkovich@marathondev.com.

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