The City of Stillwater hired the ADG team to research and present options that would maximize the reuse of an existing community center and its adjoining vacant block in the heart of Stillwater’s central business district. The goal for the project was to determine the optimum use for the two-block area, so that the community as a whole would be able to see the maximum benefit of redevelopment.
ADG worked with Pegasus Planning and Development and Planning Design Group to implement a public process to recommend reuse opportunities. Stakeholder outreach included downtown business and property owners through the Downtown Business Improvement District, non-profit leaders, elected officials and the Oklahoma State University community.
The team carried out a market analysis and associated scenario planning to evaluate and field test the proposed opportunities, and develop concept plans for the site and potential reuse options for the building. The team’s research indicated a desire for a community center updated for the 21st century, a boutique hotel that would be Stillwater’s first downtown lodging in decades, a new signature pocket park and a half block of new mixed-use development, allowing for the expansion of downtown’s housing and retail offerings.
Final plans were presented at two public meetings that were very well-attended by a wide cross-section of the Stillwater community.