Jacobsville planning and design firm selected | News
Based on what the city says are "qualifications, competence, experience and reputation", the Evansville Redevelopment Commission today selected Kinzelman Kline and Gossman (KKG), now known as MSI/KKG following a recent merger, to perform urban planning and design services for the Jacobsville Redevelopment Area.
The new master plan will guide future economic development, commercial development and regulatory aspects of the Jacobsville Redevelopment Area.
“I know how important this project is to the people of Jacobsville,” said Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel in a news release. “I am glad we were able to take this significant step forward to revitalize their neighborhood.”
In 1994, a small portion of the Jacobsville neighborhood along Division Street between First Avenue and Main Street was declared a redevelopment area. A plan for the area was adopted, which was updated in 2003. The redevelopment area has experienced many changes over the past 17 years. In June 2011, the Evansville Redevelopment Commission voted to explore the opportunity to create a new Jacobsville Redevelopment Area Master Plan. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released in September 2011 to find qualified planning firms to complete the Master Plan. Six proposals were received as a result of the RFQ and from the six, three finalist were chosen to interview for the opportunity to complete the Master Plan.
Reverend Joseph Easley, president of the Jacobsville Area Community Corporation (JACC), stated in a letter to the Evansville Redevelopment Commission, “JACC folks saw unique strengths in the presentations by all three groups…but the consensus among us was the proposal from KKG had the best mix of strengths and had important elements not present in the others.”