Portales seeks public’s input on downtown

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Friday evening marks the kickoff for the Portales Downtown Plan that will include a public forum for the improvement of the downtown area.

The city received a $55,000 livability grant to develop a safer and more accessible downtown area, Portales City Manager Debi Lee said.

“We’re pretty excited,” Lee said of the upcoming charrette, or public design process, that will be used.

According to Lee Einsweiler, principal of Code Studio, a firm that specializes in new developments, the forum lets the public weigh in on a targeted area — in this case, downtown Portales. Input will then be incorporated into a design for the downtown area.

“It’s open to everybody. We want everybody to participate as much as possible,” Lee said.

Friday 7 p.m. kickoff will be held at city hall. Code Studio representatives will be introduced and will then explain the design process.

“This is going to be our opportunity to explain to people what we are going to be doing during the course of the week,” Einsweiler said.

On Saturday, at 8:30 a.m., a hands-on design session will take place at 116/118 South Avenue A. Anyone who has an interest in the downtown area is encouraged to attend this session, Einsweiler said.

Using input from Saturday, representatives from Code Studio and city, county and state officials will meet Monday to further discuss the design. At 6 p.m. Monday a pin-up session will allow public viewing of the design, Einsweiler said.

“This is to see if we got the flavor of Saturday right,” Einsweiler said.

A final presentation will take place on Wednesday night. This presentation will be a more concrete design of the ideas and concepts of the downtown area, Einsweiler said.

At a glance

What: Portales Downtown Plan

When: Friday
7 p.m. – Kickoff Event
Portales City Hall

8:30 a.m.
116/118 S. Ave. A
Hands on Design Session

6 p.m.
116/118 S. Ave. A
Pin-Up Session

7 p.m.
Portales City Hall
Work in Progress Presentation

Information, contact Portales City Hall at 356-6662.