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Oz Commons

Oz Commons Final Presentation

OZ Commons Recommendations Presentation to Council

Join us as we present recommendations to City Council for the OZ Commons Downtown Redevelopment project this Thursday (October 14th, 2021)! The final presentation will be held during our regular City Council meeting at Osawatomie City Auditorium starting at 6:30pm.

We received 350 responses to the community survey, and over 170 people participated in either our community meetings or virtual activities. Successful community listening and idea sessions also provided insight on what our community wants to see in the next generation of Osawatomie’s growth. Thank you so much for your participation in this exciting planning process for our community!

Final Listening Sessions

Your final opportunities to give feedback for the Oz Commons Downtown Redevelopment planning process are coming up soon!

Come see us at 545 Main Street on September 21st and October 5th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm and let us know what you’d like to see in the next generation of Osawatomie’s growth.

These sessions are casual, come-and-go spaces where residents are encouraged to ask questions, share their thoughts, and learn more about our project. No big presentation or group activity — we just want to talk with you!

Catch up on our project at osawatomieks.org/ozcommons.

Pop-Up Planning Center

We’re pleased to announce that our Oz Commons project is entering a new phase: pop-up planning! This temporary Planning Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm at 545 Main Street in downtown Osawatomie. The doors officially opened Wednesday, August 18th, and we’ll be set up until September 15th. This pop-up is an extension of our previous community meetings and online attendance options. We’re hoping to catch those who were unable to attend our evening sessions earlier this month, and bring more attention to our downtown district and its possibilities. As we move through the planning center process, we might find ourselves open for later nights or weekend hours.

Come see us anytime over the next few weeks and learn more about our Oz Commons Downtown Redevelopment Planning project. We have feedback activities onsite, plus copies of our survey. Let’s chat! Bring your neighbor, a friend, or your entire staff! We’d love to see you.

Also… Talk about a facelift! Pat and Angie Hoskins of Pat’s Signs have done an unbelievable job with the renovation of this space, and we are simply blown away by their passion and vision for their community. Thanks for letting us showcase all your hard work, guys! The space alone is worth a visit.

Happening Tonight! Oz Commons Community Meeting #2

Join us TONIGHT at the Osawatomie Middle School cafeteria for a second opportunity to participate in activities and talk to the consultant team. We are hosting an additional meeting if you missed us on July 27th! This is a come-and-go format so stop by anytime from 6:00pm-8:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Masks are strongly recommended for individuals without a COVID-19 vaccination or as an extra precaution. The staff and consultant team will provide masks and hand sanitizer for participants. If you feel unwell or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, stay tuned for more online options.

Get caught up on our project at osawatomieks.org/ozcommons!

(NOW CLOSED) Oz Commons Virtual Attendance

**These virtual options are now closed. Thank you to everyone who was able to participate! Keep your eyes peeled for our next round of engagement and communication!**

Did you miss our first in-person community meeting, or do you simply prefer to participate virtually? Starting at 9:00 AM Tuesday, August 3rd to 9 AM Wednesday August 4th you can participate in similar virtual activities! See below, or visit the project website and scroll to Project Updates and Upcoming Events, to complete as many of these virtual alternatives as you’d like.

*Please note, if you attended the in-person meeting on July 27th, or plan on attending the meeting on August 5th, you don’t need to complete these activities as they are meant as a substitute and to gather the same input.

Virtual Activities (NOW CLOSED — LINKS HAVE BEEN DISABLED):

  1. Mapping Activity

Click here to access a map and place markers in areas of opportunity or challenge.

  • Instructions for Mapping
    • Zoom in and out of the map by using the +/- buttons on the bottom right of your screen or scrolling in and out
    • Move the map by clicking and dragging
    • To place a marker, find the Marker icon in the top of your screen under the search bar (looks like a pin icon)
    • Once you locate where you want to add your marker, simply click on the map
    • A pop-up box will appear. Add a title and description of what you’d like the City and consultant team to know about this location
    • Hit Save and you’re done! Add as many markers as you would like

2. Oz Commons Survey #2 – Click here to access a survey to share your ideas for the future of Osawatomie and preferences for development!

3. Ideas Worksheet (Fillable PDF) – Download and fill out this PDF to rank your preferences for different amenities and development. Then, email your completed worksheet to [email protected]

Oz Commons Community Meeting (#2)

Join us on Thursday, August 5th at the Osawatomie Middle School cafeteria for a second opportunity to participate in feedback activities and talk to the consultant team for the Oz Commons downtown redevelopment planning process.

If you missed the July 27th meeting, this is your next chance to share your opinion and learn more about the project. This is a casual come-and-go format, so stop by anytime from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Activities will be the same from the July meeting, so if you attended that one there’s no need for a repeat (unless you just really love talking about Osawatomie’s development!).

If you haven’t already, please take 10 minutes and complete our project survey: surveymonkey.com/r/ozcommons (We’ve had over 300 residents take the survey so far! Amazing!)

Unfamiliar with Oz Commons? Get caught up here: osawatomieks.org/ozcommons

**Masks are strongly recommended for individuals without a COVID-19 vaccination or as an extra precaution. The staff and consultant team will provide masks and hand sanitizer for participants. If you feel unwell or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay tuned for online options.**

7/27/21 – TONIGHT – Oz Commons Community Meeting

Join us for our first community meeting tonight — open house style — in the Osawatomie High School cafeteria (1200 Trojan Dr). Please enter through the west or south doors of the building. Stop by anytime between 6:00pm and 8:00pm to participate in activities and talk with the consultant team to share your ideas and learn about the process!

Masks are strongly recommended for individuals without a COVID-19 vaccination or as an extra precaution. The staff and consultant team will provide masks and hand sanitizer for participants. If you feel unwell or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, stay tuned for online options.

Visit the project website for details and updates (don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already!) or take the community survey (open ’til September 6th).

See you tonight!

Oz Commons Community Meeting (#1)

OZ Commons Community Meeting

Are you ready to share your ideas to enhance Osawatomie? Join us for our first community meeting on July 27th for an open house meeting in the Osawatomie High School cafeteria (1200 Trojan Dr). Stop by anytime between 6:00pm and 8:00pm to participate in activities and talk with the consultant team to share your ideas and learn about the process.

This in-person meeting will take precautions to help keep you and your friends and family safe. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available and activity stations along with frequently used objects will be sanitized often. We recommend you wear a mask if you have not received a COVID-19 vaccination.

Similar virtual activities will be available if you are unable to make it or feel more comfortable at home.

Get caught up on the project and announcements by visiting the Oz Commons home page.

Oz Commons Survey LIVE!

The City of Osawatomie, KS received a grant through the MARC Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) Program. The PSP grant is part of the Creating Sustainable Places initiative and the region’s long-range plan Connected 2050. The City of Osawatomie was selected among other regional applicants to further VIBRANT, CONNECTED & GREEN places.

This project marks the largest planning efforts undertaken by the City and community of Osawatomie since the 1990s. This is an exciting time and coming together to plan for the future of the community is critical to success.

The OZ Commons Osawatomie Downtown Redevelopment project will focus on Downtown, connecting key transportation corridors and trails while enhancing the community’s identity and role in the region. This community-driven plan will enlist the help of key stakeholders and the community to create a guided redevelopment plan for the City and elected officials.

If you’re ready to dive in and start leading the conversation about the future of our downtown corridor and our community at-large, a simple 10-15 minute survey has been created to jumpstart our directives.

Take the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ozcommons

If you haven’t already, head over to our Oz Commons main page and get caught up on other project announcements and notifications!