The focus of the revitalization is seen on the map below.
Harmony Design & Engineering is a member of the consultant team that developed the McCall Downtown Master Plan for the City of McCall, Idaho. The Master Plan was adopted on December 19, 2013 and is now being implemented by the City. Harmony's Randy Blough can be seen in the photo (below) during workshop #2 of 3 when Harmony was gathering public input.
Funding to support this big undertaking comes from a variety of sources. According to a sign in downtown McCall in August 2019, the Downtown Reconstruction Project uses Streets Local Option Tax dollars to restore the streets that were allocated as a part of the McCall Improvement Plan and detailed for future growth in the Downtown Master Plan. Underground infrastructure is being paid for by Streets Local Option Tax, McCall Water Department, McCall Franchise Utility Fund, Payette Lakes Recreational Water and Sewer District, Idaho Power, Frontier Communications and Cable One. By spending this money, McCall anticipates increased "economic well-being and quality of life" in the community.
As you can see in the above photos of the dilapidated condition of Downtown McCall roads as shown above, they needed upgrading both for safety and visual appeal. In the below "After" photo, you can see various traffic calming measures that will help make downtown McCall a more pedestrian friendly shopping destination.
Check out this video representation of a flyover of downtown McCall after construction: https://youtu.be/zcKnTJrc2YM
The focus of the revitalization is seen on the map below.
Of course, downtown businesses are open during construction. A pro-tip from the McCall area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau website is to park outside the area of construction around Lenora and 2nd Streets and walk to those local businesses.
According to the City of McCall’s website, there are 4 phases of the project. In 2018 Phase 1A was the installation of the underground utilities in the area of 2nd Street and Lenora Street. Currently, Phase 1B is focusing on the streetscape improvements in that vicinity. The remaining phases will be realized through 2024.
For more information about the project as well as up-to-date construction information, visit: https://www.mccall.id.us/downtownproject.
Construction on Depot Street in Driggs, Idaho is addressing stormwater management, sidewalks, and parking.
Notice the ponding of stormwater runoff on Depot Street after a rainstorm in May 2016, and the lack of sidewalks and defined parking spaces. The finished streetscape will address all of these issues.
An underground storage tank, known as an R-tank, was installed in August 2018 so that stormwater runoff will be stored out of sight until it can infiltrate the soil.
The beginning of the sidewalk is seen here at the intersection of Depot Street and Highway 33. This photo was taken shortly after the concrete was poured in early September, 2018.
Keep your eyes on the progress of the Depot Street improvements throughout the fall of 2018
and again in the spring of 2019.
These are the slides that Jen Zung used during her presentation with FTR's Mike Lien on March 22, 2017 in Driggs, Idaho. For more information, please check out the links on slide 19. If you still have questions or would like information about LOMR's or CLOMR's, please contact Jen Zung at Harmony.
The “Blaine County Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan” (Bike-Ped Plan) was awarded the 2016 Citizen Advocacy Grow Smart Award from Idaho Smart Growth. Harmony Design and Engineering, based in Driggs, Idaho, was the prime consultant that completed the plan, and Mountain Rides, based in Ketchum, Idaho, was the project manager.
The Bike-Ped Plan was completed in 2014 and was the result of interested citizens, multiple non-governmental organizations, and governmental agencies working together to create a comprehensive plan for the development of a seamless, interconnected, and integrated multi-modal transportation and recreation system for the Blaine County Community. The Bike-Ped Plan is being actively used to improve transportation choices, enhance economic development, and create healthy communities in Blaine County.
“We were really happy to have been able to assist the Blaine County project team in creating an award-winning master plan for the future development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. It has already been used to improve pedestrian safety at a dangerous crosswalk in Ketchum and to pass important funding measures in the City of Hailey,” said Jennifer Zung, project manager for Harmony Design & Engineering. “We love working in small mountain communities similar to our own,” she added.
Representatives from Mountain Rides and Harmony Design & Engineering traveled to the Idaho Smart Growth annual awards celebration on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Owyhee Place in Boise, Idaho.
For more information about Harmony Design and Engineering, please visit our other webpages at harmonydesigninc.com or call (208) 354-1331, for Mountain Rides, visit mountainrides.org or call (208) 788-7433, and for Idaho Smart Growth visit idahosmartgrowth.org or call (208) 333-8066.
Smart growth strategies build communities that return positive social, environmental and economic benefits to residents, business and visitors alike. For the past twelve years Idaho Smart Growth has celebrated projects from around the state that are excellent examples of smart growth. Nominations are reviewed and selected by a jury of experts for their strong application of smart growth principles.
Jennifer Zung, of Harmony Design & Engineering had the opportunity to present a project on which she has been working to the 2015 NORFMA conference attendees in September. NORFMA is the Northwest Regional Floodplain Management Association.
Jennifer presented the Restoration of Teton Creek near Driggs, Idaho. Teton Creek was in need of restoration after many years of man-caused alterations. It had reached the point of threatening public and private property, as well as wildlife habitat.
A multi-organizational group, which included Harmony Design & Engineering, collaborated to create a restoration plan with the dual purpose of protecting property and restoring the creek to a healthy, functional state.
Between 2009 to 2014, the stream channel was reconstructed to restore channel elevations and create natural flood control structures, including riffles to moderate flow and pools to encourage fish habitat. See the photos below to see the difference between during and after construction.
The project will be maintained by a newly formed Teton Creek Flood Control District. Also, Teton County and the Friends of the Teton River will monitor vegetation and fish habitat.