TYLER, Texas (KETK) — The Tyler City Council on Wednesday approved a consulting contract with Toole Design to improve and revitalize the downtown area.
Toole Design is a team of planners, engineers and landscape architects who focus on designing spaces for people on the move, including innovative streets and vibrant communities where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy walking, cycling and access to public transport.
Toole Design first visited Tyler for a first collaboration with the city last summer. This visit resulted in a preliminary vision and ideas exploring the possibility of creating an inspiring, local vision for downtown Tyler that reflects its heritage, community values and context.
These visions and ideas, along with the association with Toole Design, came after the city joined the national movement toward downtown revitalization, which is supported by state-funded programs and Main Street America.
The city was inspired to undertake this effort after visiting Sulfur Springs several times and seeing the rapid growth the city had undergone. Although Sulfur Springs only has a population of 16,000, the city has made impressive strides in terms of progress in its downtown over the past decade. Since these efforts, significant private investments have been made.
Now Tyler plans to do the same. The objective of this new project with Toole Design is to improve the public realm, which includes streets, green spaces, squares and existing open spaces, as well as to create new iconic public spaces that will be designed to attract visitors. people, activities and investments. Additionally, it will also create a pedestrian and cycle zone to improve access and connections to downtown Tyler.
As it stands, the plan itself should be completed by July this year. The preliminary vision and design are said to help move the revitalization process forward, allowing the city to develop phases of construction. Construction will support the new visitor center, natural tourism center and the development of a National Historic District.