Coligny has been identified in many forums as an area to focus public investment aimed at enhancing the experience of residents and visitors and to serve as a catalyst that would spur redevelopment and private sector investment in the district. In fact, several plans have been proposed and evaluated for this area since 1999. Common elements of these plans were used to develop a Concept Plan for Initial Coligny Improvement, which include a public park and open space, recreation, streetscape, landscape and parking improvements on the approximately 18 acres of Town-owned land in the area. These public improvements would be implemented to serve both short and long term needs by enhancing the existing Coligny area and experience today, as well as serving as a foundation on which to support future public amenities, partnerships and private investment.
The current "State of Coligny" suggests that the Coligny area is vibrant and robust during the peak season as parking demand meets or exceeds capacity for area businesses and amenities. During shoulder and off-peak seasons there is a surplus of parking and opportunities to attract people to the area by including attractors and amenities with schedules that compliment, rather than compete with retail, restaurant, and beach traffic demands. Opportunities to bring complimentary uses, such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and USCB Hospitality Program, to the Coligny area are currently under consideration. These uses would serve as offseason attractors that would increase energy, activity, and commerce in the Coligny area, primarily during a time when demand and competition for parking and other amenities is low.
The Coligny area is located in the Town's TIF (Tax Increment Finance) District and funds are currently available to implement many of the public sector infrastructure improvements. The TIF mechanism mandates all funds be committed for eligible activities prior to the expiration of the TIF in December of 2014. To effectively meet this timeframe, Town Council approved a Concept Plan for Initial Coligny Improvements and authorized staff to move forward with design, permitting, and construction for the Coligny area with a focus on creating:
Other opportunities to work with surrounding property owners may develop in the future. The concept plan does not preclude them but would rather serve as a foundation to get improvements started.
If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Shawn Colin at (843) 341-4696.
The Town is interested in soliciting public comments and suggestions regarding this project. Please take a moment and submit your comments and suggestions utilizing our online form.