The city may offer a Mill Street project next month

Back to a brief list of options for concept approval, Atlas Labs Inc.

Kimberly Garza, an Atlas landscape architect and urban design consultant, told the council about the three concepts proposed a month ago. Two of these designs were popular with residents and councilors – downtown promoted, highlighting the street, and downtown mills, with plans to build wooden and metal townhouses.

City manager Tim Kisser said Tuesday’s meeting was aimed at measuring council members’ comments.

“The next step is to complete 30% of the initial plan, so it is still in the process of preparation, then submit it to a design / construction contractor, possibly by the end of October,” he said. When we collect land, we do not know until we have chosen a design / construction company.

According to Garza, Atlas has received great feedback online about the project.

“We have learned the designs that people love, we have learned about openness, integrated landscaping, materials that match the historical characters, flexibility for businesses, performance and public art,” he said.

Atlas then went down to the details.

Across the street, a smooth, edged pavement is planned. The center will have a 15-foot space that includes bricks or flexible concrete.

Atlas has also set up campus areas, basically creating invisible lines that extend from the business to the expansion area where property boundaries are still located.

“That business shows where the potential leases are,” Garza said. After that, we will have plants that can be removed by supporting these boundary lines.

Some gardeners in the open space include wooden or wooden chairs with back seats. Atlas also identifies appropriate sized trees to highlight harvest and spring colors. There is also an option for backyards.

“Lightning will be the key,” Garza said.


There is room for events. Cornish Christmas welcomes many vendors, and the campus hosts 60 tents for Thursday night’s market. The venue will be in the Union Building. And at intersections where there are no trees, there will be space for sculptures, art panels and hangers. For highway businesses that expressed interest, Atlas suggested gardening on sidewalks. He identified Nell Street for loading zones, and main and bank streets for parking.

Council member Tom Ivy said he liked the general theme and ideas of gardeners.

“What I really want to see is that one or two of Felix’s guilts can be expected,” he said.

Ivy refers to a French gardener who lived in Nevada since 1869. He experimented with grazing and breeding at home. Growing his own walnuts, figs, strawberries, grapes, peppers and cherries, he regularly published articles on horticulture.

Councilor Bob Brantrom asked about the tunnel and wondered if they were finally stuck. According to Kisor, carpenters are part of a complete drainage system under bricks. Water can seep into the gravel system below them. Water then enters the pipes and is transported.

Mayor Ben Aguilere asked if they could bring up the issue of wooden benches and avoid the use of artificial wood. According to Kiser, Atlas has acquired a cedar-like product that is extremely strong and requires little maintenance.

William Roller is a union secretary with Union. It can be reached at

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