The Everett Neighborhood Association today will accept the City of Lincoln's 2016 Community Development Week award for the 11th Street Streetscape project. The award will be presented at 12:45 p.m. in the Governor's Hearing Room at the State Capitol as part of a statewide recognition of the importance of community development activities.
The project was completed last fall and includes the planting of street trees and installation of a small community plaza at Klein's Corner as well as trash and recycling receptacles and signage. Bike racks were custom made by TMCO, a local company that donated its fabrication time. The Neighborhood Association spearheaded construction and placement of a sign to guide visitors on a walking tour of the area's historic homes. Environmental concerns were addressed with pervious pavement at Klein's Corner and bio-retention planting areas at each intersection. Street improvements include painted bike lanes, bump-outs at intersections for easier pedestrian movement, diagonal parking, a traffic circle at 11th and "D" streets and Lincoln's first on-street bicycle parking.
Technical assistance for the project was provided through the Greening America's Capitals program, a partnership among the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In late 2011, the EPA hired a design firm to develop plans with the assistance of many City departments including Planning, Parks and Recreation, Urban Development and Public Works and Utilities. The Neighborhood Association went door to door to invite everyone in the area to a three-day design workshop to identify the area's strengths and challenges.
In 2012, the City hired The Clark Enersen Partners to prepare construction plans for the project, which included major storm water system improvements. Throughout the process, the Neighborhood Association sponsored meetings to keep residents and businesses informed.
The budget for the project included $950,000 from Lincoln's Community Development Block Grant entitlement. The Public Works and Utilities Department provided $50,000 from the street rehabilitation fund and $139,390 from the watershed management fund.