Cordova Village - Mississippi Riverfront
 
The second of three Community Workshops was held on October 23rd, continuing the positive dialogue between Cordova residents and Village Staff about the desired community character of Cordova Mississippi River waterfront. Approximately 15 people were in attendance. In response to community and Staff feedback from Workshop #1, Workshop #2 focused on developing alternate plan ideas for Target Sites 1 and 3.
 
The second of three Community Workshops was held on October 23rd, continuing the positive dialogue between Cordova residents and Village Staff about the desired community character of Cordova Mississippi River waterfront. Approximately 15 people were in attendance. In response to community and Staff feedback from Workshop #1, Workshop #2 focused on developing alternate plan ideas for Target Sites 1 and 3.
 
At Workshop 1, Site 1 (Downtown Central) was preferred for consideration of active recreation and downtown development including a boat launch, fishing pier, gazebo, potential new municipal building, and parking. Site 3 (Shoreline West) was identified for potential development of passive/active recreation including enhanced natural environment with trails, fishing, eagle watching/birding, basketball courts, and a skate park and potential parking on Village-owned parcels along Third Street. Four alternate concepts for Site 1 and three alternate concepts for Site 3 were presented and discussed at Workshop 2.
 
The following are the concept-specific comments offered by Village Board members, Staff and community participants.
 
Site 1 Downtown Central
 
Concept 1A
Boat trailer circulation requires vehicles to back onto Main Street and onto ramp, which should be avoided; a U-drive or other turn-around would be the preferred layout.
 
Boat ramp layout would require frequent dredging to maintain access and could be cost-prohibitive - consider this same concept with the boat ramp removed and expanded picnic area and additional parking.
 
Fishing pier along Village-owned portion of existing jetty is a good idea; consider a pedestrian bridge connecting it with proposed new picnic area
 
Some expansion onto Bob VanHoerweghe property could be a possibility
 
Concept 1B
Concerns about the feasibility/Army Corps approval of filling stagnant inlet
A hydraulic study would likely be required
 
Bob VanHoerweghe expressed an interest in considering a partnership with the Village that could involve installing transient docking adjacent to his marina and property at the northeastern edge of the Village property
 
Parking along 6th Street - Consider overflow boat trailer parking here
 
Connect proposed new picnic area with proposed fishing pier using a pedestrian bridge over stream outlet
 
Concept 1C
Phasing from 1B to 1C might be desirable
 
Consider filling in area shown as marina to create one larger park area
 
Parking shown might be excessive  consider eliminating Main Street angled spaces and 5th Street headin spaces
 
Derbyshire involvement and buy-in needs to be explored further
 
Concerns about function of proposed marina - maintenance dredging could be cost-prohibitive and upstream impacts of filling should be considered due to having stream flow into marina
 
Concept 1D
Boat ramp access and trailer parking minimizes backing and is the preferred layout
 
Proposed Main Street realignment could be a good idea, however topographic conditions might necessitate a large amount of fill
 
Derbyshire involvement and buy-in needs to be explored further
 
Marketability and branding opportunities would increase with Concepts 1C and 1D
 
Concerns about function of proposed marina - maintenance dredging could be cost-prohibitive and upstream impacts of filling should be considered
 
Site 3  Shoreline West
 
Concept 3A
Sandy beach would be a good amenity/draw but could present some prohibitive ongoing maintenance issues:
How often would sand need to be replenished/what kind of erosion control would be needed?
Does the Corps replenish Princeton Beach and would they help provide/replenish this beach?
Underwater areas between lateral dams are shallow and sandy  could this sand be pumped ashore?
 
Filling/improving low, wetland areas  at what point will mosquito control be achieved?
 
Concept 3B
Disk golf good idea and could be a popular draw for visitors
 
Dredging and slips south of 9th Street might not be cost-effective
 
Consider dredging out a U-shaped marina in between the northern and central lateral dams
Corps might be amenable to marking the lateral dams and new channel to access potential marina
 
Concept 3C
Dredged channel could be a good idea  historically, water flowed along this channel prior to the construction of 9th Street over to wastewater treatment; a small, poorly functioning culvert now regulates the flow
Concerns about how water would flow through channel and what maintenance dredging would be needed
 
 Consider dredging land between northern and central lateral dams and using fill to build up a beach on upland, eastern portion of Village parcel (adjacent to 2nd Street Right-of-Way)
o Could the lateral dams be extended to a new shoreline east of the current location?
 
Site 2  Downtown North
 
Site 2 was raised at the meeting by Bob VanHoerweghe. He asked the Board to further consider the potential of this site. He suggested that while there are acquisition costs involved, they could work out to be less than the costs to fill/dredge and improve Sites 1 and 3 to meet the quality of Site 2.
 
Site 2 could be considered for development of transient dockage (combined with Site 1), boat ramp, Village Hall, small retail, parking, restrooms
 
Summary Comments
Concerns about whether or not boat ramp development should be a priority; TIF district was established for park and recreation development
Recreation development opportunities for 12 to 18-year olds should be a priority
 
Spreading amenities to different locations around Village will better serve residents than concentrating them in one place  Consider developing both Sites 1 and 3 and take a mix-and-match approach to amenities
 
A boat ramp at 4th Avenue is the most practical in terms of parking and access
 
New Village Hall seen as most feasible if leasable office/retail space is included to help offset costs
 
Site 1 Summary
Expand on Concept 1B with both recreation only and Village Hall options
 
Develop park/picnic area without boat ramp
 
Include hardscaped steps to water
 
Include Village Hall building with leasable space
 
Site 3 Summary
 Focus development on northern Village-owned parcels with actively programmed park
Develop basketball court and skate park adjacent to one another
 
Keep 3rd Street parcels south of 9th Avenue available for potential future sale or development
 
Develop alternate concepts dredging out U-shaped marina between lateral dams and using fill to build up a larger beach on upland, eastern portion of Village parcel (adjacent to 2nd Street Right-of-Way)
 
Based on the community and Staff feedback from Workshop 2, the Lakota team will continue to refine development concepts for Sites 1 and 3. The Lakota team will present preliminary concepts to Village Staff and Army Corps and other regulatory officials before proceeding with final development concepts. A third community workshop will be held in January 2009 to present the final Waterfront Master Plan.