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Fri, Oct 26, 2018

The City of Astoria Wants Your Feedback on the Future of Uniontown

ASTORIA, OR - October 26, 2018 – In March, the City of Astoria launched “Uniontown Reborn, Creating a Great Pacific Northwest Gateway to Astoria” 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.

Uniontown Reborn will lay the groundwork for design and construction of streetscape and reconfiguration improvements on West Marine Drive/U.S. 101, along with potential land use and development code refinements to foster community-supported future development.

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 due in part to the lack of a unifying vision for the neighborhood. As future growth and development will impact traffic, neighborhoods and businesses, now is the time to focus on strategies and priorities for the future of this unique, historic working waterfront community.

The City of Astoria is hosting the first public event for the Uniontown Reborn project on November 7th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the Red Building Loft, located at 20 Basin Street. The City invites the Astoria community, including Uniontown residents, business, and property owners, to hear about the effort to date on Uniontown Reborn, including the key findings of initial baseline work and results of a community survey completed in the summer.

The public event will feature an introductory presentation at 5:45 p.m. on the work to date and allow community members to provide feedback on existing conditions and future opportunities for transportation, land use, and economic development in Uniontown. Attendees can provide written comments, and talk with project team representatives from the City, ODOT, and consultants to make sure the project team understands what is most important to community. Public feedback is essential to the success of the plan and future development of the neighborhood.

More information on the Uniontown Reborn project can be found on the City of Astoria’s website. The website will be updated at key project milestones to provide the community with updated information about the plan.

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