The City of Astoria is hosting the second public event for the Uniontown Reborn project on February 6th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 204 W Marine Dr. The City invites the Astoria community, including Uniontown residents, business, and property owners, to hear about the effort to date on Uniontown Reborn, the project’s goals, and provide direct feedback on future land use code and transportation investment considerations.
The public event will feature an introductory presentation at 5:00 p.m. on the Uniontown Reborn Master Plan. Following the short presentation, the event will move into an open house format at 5:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to provide direct comments on alternatives through an interactive mapping exercise. The exercise will include two stations – one dedicated to land use alternatives and one dedicated to transportation investment options. Project team representatives from the City, ODOT, and consultant team will be available at each station to help participants through the exercise and answer any questions the attendees might have. Public feedback is essential to the success of the plan and future development of the neighborhood.
In May 2018, the City of Astoria launched “Uniontown Reborn, Creating a Great Pacific Northwest Gateway to Astoria”, a community planning process funded through the State of Oregon’s Transportation and Growth Management (“TGM”) Program.
Uniontown serves as a gateway to Astoria and as an important center for industrial and commercial activity. The Astoria Megler Bridge brings people across the Columbia River from Washington, and the New Young’s Bay Bridge brings people from the coast. While the Uniontown neighborhood has a central location and historic character, it has not experienced the same level of investment as downtown Astoria. This is due in part to the lack of a unifying vision for the neighborhood to guide public investments and support private redevelopment activity. As future growth and development will impact traffic, neighborhoods and businesses in Astoria, now is the time to focus on strategies and priorities for the future of this unique, historic working waterfront community.
The purpose of Uniontown Reborn is to better integrate transportation and land use planning and develop new ways to support economic development along with safety and access enhancements to improve conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists. The project will lay the groundwork for design and construction of streetscape and lane reconfigurations improvements on West Marine Drive/U.S. 101, along with potential land use and development code refinements to foster community-supported future development.