The Council of Neighbors and Organizations has been asked by a group of Mesa Road area residents to facilitate, publicize, and co-sponsor a meeting to discuss developing a community vision for Mesa Road and Fillmore Street between Centennial, Uintah and 30th Streets. This is a response to recent interest in developments along Fillmore Street and a related concern with the heights of some of the buildings proposed. But it is also consistent with the Mayor's Streetscapes Solutions Team report of January 13, 2013, which urged that major areas of the City begin to conduct conversations about how those areas should look and function:
We encourage a City-wide discussion of an urban design plan. This plan should address the uniqueness of each major area of the City and how these characteristics can best be celebrated to create truly beautiful and memorable places. . . . to be successful—to have a beautiful, sustained streetscape—the desired character must be embraced by the residents. Important roadways should be identified, districts with similar characteristics can be recognized, nodes within the community can be highlighted, and landmarks should be celebrated. All of these elements create a memorable city.
In keeping with that report and best practices throughout the nation, we are inviting developers, architects, urban planners, business people, residents, the press, and public officials to attend and take part in this conversation to begin to shape a vision for the future of the Mesa Road area. CONO is very pleased to have been asked to facilitate this discussion, and we look forward to working with you all.