DOWNTOWN SMALL AREA STUDY: MONTICELLO, MN
The City of Monticello has a cozily compact downtown, which benefits from being situated between the interstate highway and the Mississippi River. Downtown Monticello benefits from its riverfront and parks, a new community center, and high quality retail development near the freeway. But the core of downtown is in need of guidance and new investment to strengthen its character and long-term viability.
Tangible Consulting Services was hired, in a collaboration with Cuningham Architecture Group, to evaluate downtown conditions and think strategically with the City about next steps. We are assessing the area’s urban design conditions, as well as its market and development context. We are creating development guidance for the area, and creating more detailed development concepts for a few potentially catalytic development opportunity areas. We are also developing a strategic roadmap, which outlines steps that the public sector and downtown stakeholders should take in the near-term to begin to restore retail vitality in the blocks of traditional storefront retail, and to open the eyes of the development community to the value of the area for new housing and retail development.