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Downtown Frederick Streetscape Study


As a member in our community or as a visitor, we invite you to participate in the Downtown Frederick Streetscape Study. The goal of this study is to create thoughtful design solutions, set priorities and determine a framework for future streetscape improvements for the many users (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, etc) and uses (shopping, dining, events, city services, etc) of Market and Patrick Streets in Downtown Frederick.

Downtown Frederick Partnership and The City of Frederick have hired a consultant team, including Design Collective and RK&K, to complete this study. Our team’s scope within the overall project schedule will occur over a three-month period, from early April to late June 2021. Mayor and Board of Aldermen review/approval will be scheduled after June 2021.

Public Engagement


Although the project duration is brief, this study has included a robust public engagement process — a survey, discussion during the City of Frederick’s Mayor & Board Workshop, and two virtual public workshops. The survey (which is now closed) received 1,952 responses. Thank you to everyone who participated! See below for recordings of the Mayor & Board and Virtual Public Workshops.

Everyone must contribute to create a community-supported Downtown Frederick Streetscape strategy. It’s important to us that all voices be included, stakeholders hear from each other to appreciate different perspectives, and input is equitable, meaningful, and productive.

 

Background Info at Mayor & Board

The Downtown Frederick Streetscape Study was discussed at the May 26 Mayor & Board Workshop. View a recording of the meeting here.

Watch May 26 Workshop

Virtual Public Workshops

The Streetscape Study included two virtual public workshops. The first workshop (Wednesday, May 5) had 65 attendees and provided opportunity for open discussion and idea-sharing. Workshop facilitators primarily listened during this workshop, providing initial background information and then opening the remainder of the time to small group discussions. From these conversations, the consultants developed a set of initial design concepts and presented them during the second virtual public workshop on Tuesday, June 22, with nearly 100 people in attendance. Watch the recordings of each virtual public workshop below. The design concepts and ideas discussed in these workshops will contribute to the short-, mid-, and long-term recommendations that will guide future streetscape improvements.

First Virtual Public Workshop on Wednesday, May 5

Second Virtual Public Workshop on Tuesday, June 22

Why now?


Frederick has an opportunity to use the experiences and data collected during the ongoing pandemic to reimagine the Downtown Frederick public streetscape and reinforce long term recovery and continued growth. Downtown Frederick is the hub of culture, commerce and government in the City of Frederick and attracted more than 2 million visitors annually before the pandemic. The current streetscape was successfully implemented in early 1990s when the city undergrounded utilities. However, streetscape deficiencies have become apparent during recent years as downtown has experienced strong revitalization and as the current facilities have aged. Limitations in the current streetscape have been further magnified as result of recent COVID related needs and overall trends toward complete streets supporting multi-modal transportation, accessible pedestrian routes, social distancing, outdoor dining and friendly parking.

Study Area


Market Street (between South & 7th St)

Patrick Street (between Bentz & East St)

For both streets, the Streetscape includes a 60-foot zone from building face to building face

East Street is a part of a separate City CIP

 

This project is made possible with support from the Ausherman Family Foundation and the City of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development and Planning Department.

Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.