The Ninth Street Corridor Project: From the Studios to the Streets

Lawrence Arts Center, Inc

Funding Received: 2014
Lawrence , KS
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

The Ninth Street Corridor is a seven block stretch of east 9th Street, running from Massachusetts Street to Delaware Street, in Lawrence, Kansas. This area is an important connection between historic Downtown Lawrence, the historic east Lawrence neighborhood, and the Industrial Historic District (commonly called the Warehouse Arts District). The area is also located in the city's Cultural District, an area with a high concentration of artistic, cultural, historic and natural amenities.

In 2013, the Lawrence Arts Center received a $500,000 ArtPlace grant, in collaboration with the City of Lawrence and numerous other public and private partners, to redesign this stretch of Ninth Street, making it a multi-modal complete street with an artistic streetscape that speaks to the historic, cultural, and contemporary social identity of Lawrence, Kansas.  The project will be led by El Dorado, Inc., a Kansas City-based urban design firm, that will head a design team consisting of lead artists Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees, collectively known as Sans Façon; engineering firm Bartlett & West;  and landscape architecture firm Coen + Partners. Other members of the design team include Dennis Domer, east Lawrence historian, Luke Dubois, multi-media art technician, and Kelly Kindscher, indigenous landscape specialist. 

The City of Lawrence encourages public participation in the development of the design for the project. The design team will work with the City of Lawrence, the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association (ELNA), Downtown Lawrence, Inc. (DLI), the Lawrence Arts Center, the Citizen Advisory Committee established to assist with the guidance of the project, residents, business owners and other community stakeholders to create a design for the 9th Street Corridor. An advance schedule of public workshops, and meetings of the Citizen Advisory Committee have been set. Additional information regarding meeting times and locations is available and meeting notices will be sent out via an e-mail list established for the project as the dates approach. The meeting schedule is also subject to change.