The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 12, 2013

Public workshops to be held on 20th Street project in Joplin

By Debby Woodin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Two public workshops will be conducted next week by the city of Joplin and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to acquaint residents with the “Green Street” design planned for the redevelopment of 20th Street.

The work also will involve the Joplin Creek and Campbell Parkway areas.

Green Street is an EPA initiative that is intended to reduce traffic, beautify streets, encourage sustainable stormwater management techniques, and make more spaces for walking and bicycling.

It is one of the recommendations made by the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team in connection with recovery from the 2011 tornado.

“The EPA Green–Complete Street project is an important framework in 20th Street’s redevelopment as a major commercial corridor,” said Tony Robyn, the city’s disaster recovery coordinator. “Enhancing walkability and bike lanes, trail connectivity, and transportation elements along the corridor is a central consideration of emerging development.”

Robyn said the plan will link Main Street, Joplin High School, the proposed library/theater, Campbell Parkway and Highview Avenue for walking and use of bicycles.

Sessions are being held to inform residents about the design concepts and give them an opportunity to make suggestions regarding the elements.

Those sessions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Harmony Heights Baptist Church, 2025 S. Indiana Ave., and from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in the basement conference room at Joplin City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

Robyn said the project will incorporate new stormwater management practices, including plantings and buffers, along Joplin Creek and Campbell Parkway to collect water runoff. That may help reduce flooding in the area during heavy rains. The work will include planting trees along the creeks for cooling of the streams and to inhibit erosion.

“The 20th Street design directly reflects the interests citizens voiced throughout the CART process, and it is important for the community to continue providing input as we implement various ideas,” Robyn said.

Third Thursday event

THE FINAL PROPOSED DESIGN will be shown from 5 to 8 p.m. during Third Thursday activities on June 20 at City Hall.