The University of Washington Architecture and Planning students will present their ideas for downtown Gig Harbor’s future today in a public meeting at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, 8209 Stinson Ave. The meeting will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
“The intent for the project has been to gather fresh ideas for what options the city has for the future,” said Gary Glein, president of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance.
During the past nine weeks, 10 students have each reviewed an area for ways to improve and utilize downtown land, buildings and parks to the fullest. The students held three open houses with people from the community attending, and they all voiced opinions and offered recommendations.
This week, the students will present their proposals.
“We are very pleased with the creative ideas generated by the students,” Glein said. “They have considered many development ideas, like the 4 1/2-acre Haub property, as well as improvements to individual buildings and parks. They have been sensitive to our history and preservation of waterfront view corridors, yet provocative to make us think about how downtown could look in the future.”
Students will have ideas for their designated area from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and they will be joined by UW Professor Jim Nichols for a presentation and question-and-answer session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
“All interested citizens should come on Wednesday,” Glein said. “Having an open dialogue and discussion is a great way to find common ground to reflect what the citizens want for the future of Gig Harbor.”