Visioning For the Future of Czech Village/New Bohemia District

Jul 11, 2019

In early June, the City of Cedar Rapids sought public input on the Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan, a comprehensive look at the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for the district. Representation from Czech Village/New Bohemia Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) Commission and Economic Alliance staff members participated in the facilitated discussion that encouraged feedback and comments on how residents would like to see the district grow. Discussion ranged from bike and pedestrian access, to how street aesthetics can be improved, to what kind of new development the public is interested in attracting.

The exercise was the first in a series of public outreach initiatives for the Czech Village/New Bohemia District. Later this summer, the public will have an opportunity to view draft goals and action steps that were developed based on public feedback received from the recent visioning workshop. The SSMID Commission plans to have further discussion and stay apprised of the outcome and future initiatives.

Most recently, the City of Cedar Rapids invited the public to interactive design workshops for the Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan. The workshop were held on the evenings of July 17-19 and let residents see a progression of ideas for Czech Village and New Bohemia The workshops allowed citizens to see ideas that were collected during the June 5 visioning workshop, add more ideas of their own, and give feedback on their preferences.

The Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan follows similar planning initiatives already completed with The City of Cedar Rapids, including the College District Action Plan, Mt. Vernon Road Corridor Action Plan and the Northwest Neighborhood Action Plan. These plans take the concepts identified from the City’s comprehensive plan, EnvisionCR, and develop action steps and goals tailored to a specific geographic region.

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