Students from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s (UWSP) College of Natural Resources Land Use Planning program shared ideas with the Stevens Point Plan Commission Monday, Dec. 3, regarding the future redevelopment of the city-owned Lullabye lot in down town Stevens Point.
“This project really comes from a partnership that were starting to build… this idea was a way that the students could engage in a project both as a learning resource but also provide some ideas and some input to the city in terms of shaping the future of this community,” said Assistant Professor Aaron Thompson, who teaches the Land Use Plan Implementation course the students are part of.
For the Lullabye project, 26 students were split into eight groups, each given four weeks to come up with a land-use plan for Lullabye. Eight students representing four of the groups gave presentations to the Plan Commission.
Thompson said students were familiarized with the existing zoning on the four-acre Lullabye lot, as well as the history of the site from its industrial past through to recent failed redevelopment proposals for the site.
“We started off with the students really talking about the existing conditions of the site, looking at some of the surrounding land uses within the community. Kyle Kearns (the city’s associate planner and a graduate of the UWSP Land Use program) joined us in our classroom, gave us the city’s perspective, the Planning Department’s perspective on this property as well.”
Students were asked to look at what has worked in other communities facing similar redevelopment situations. “This project really started with asking the question, ‘What could happen when redevelopment is well planned?’” said Thompson.
Many of the students’ plans shared some common elements, often placing multi-story mixed-use buildings along the south CenterPoint Drive side of the Lullabye lot and less intense residential uses along the north Portage Street side.