Project Description: The purpose of this project is to develop ideas of a re-envisioned Main Street and downtown area in Lodi, including conceptual ideas, renderings, and possible economic strategies to achieve the vision. Sample designs for vacant buildings, street design, a coherent village design and signage will be produced. These designs will reflect community input and a feedback loop between the Design Connect project team and community residents.
Collaboration with STEPS:
“Lodi will be the second project in a positive, ongoing relationship between the Design Connect group and the STEPS neighborhood. We know many of our residents already have more project ideas that include each of the southernmost four town in Seneca County.” – Theresa Lahr, the STEPS Project Coordinator
“We couldn’t be more excited to be chosen again and are glad we can bring these resources from Cornell to work with us in southern Seneca County. The Design Connect students see community input as vital to working with us, so their approach aligns completely with that of the STEPS Project and CCE.” – Ave Bauder, Seneca County CCE Executive Director and Co-Chair of the STEPS Steering Committee
An article in the Seneca Daily News described the project further:
“The Lodi Design Connect Project team includes students in the fields of planning, design and environmental analysis, landscape architecture, real estate and tourism management and engineering. Over the next several weeks they will gather resident input through surveys, interviews and open meetings to re-envision the Village of Lodi’s “streetscape “ for economic revitalization and a healthy neighborhood experience. These plans will include street scaping and village design interventions on the existing structures as well as proposed reuse of vacant buildings. This process will involve all stakeholder groups such as STEPS, CCE, neighborhood residents, business owners, land owners, community leaders and elected officials to fully understand the possibilities, the needs, and the barriers to such a project. The group will establish two-way communication channels and a takes a consensus and trust-building approach to decision-making with the community. Design Connect will present the final plans and designs to the community in mid to late May 2015. Anyone with questions about the project is encouraged to contact Theresa Lahr at STEPS: (607)403-0069, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ave Bauder at Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension: (315) 539-9251, email@example.com.”