Redmond aspires to become an arts destination known for high quality cultural arts centered in the Downtown Cultural Corridor that includes:
• Cultural arts around every corner, 18 hours a day
• An exceptional built environment
• An anchor cultural institution
• A downtown that’s home to artists
• Destination quality artwork
• A place where art can flourish
Read the final version of the Master Plan
Master Plan for the Downtown Cultural Corridor
This plan augments the Cleveland Streetscape and Downtown Couplet Conversion projects by suggesting art experiences as key elements of the great streets strategy. This plan also advances the notion of a “Cultural Corridor” by recommending specific strategies that can be implemented over time to achieve the broader comprehensive plan goals for our urban center. Major strategies include:
• Completing a demonstration art project as part of the Couplet Conversion;
• Securing a sustainable funding source to implement this plan;
• Working with developers as partners in implementing this plan;
• Addressing code issues that may help in implementing the recommendations;
• Developing temporary and permanent platforms for art in the urban center.
Cleveland Street is being designed as the “main street” for Downtown Redmond, and the City has developed a concept of “great streets” as an important strategy to achieve this vision. This strategy reinforces the Couplet Corridor as a destination and the heart of Downtown.
The Redmond Arts Commission produced a Strategic Plan in 2009 that formulated a vision of Redmond as “A Community Inspired and Connected by Arts and Culture.” These strategies include creating a cultural focal point in Downtown by developing iconic pieces of art as well as supporting the creation of a cultural corridor.
These concepts were later incorporated into the Urban Centers section of Redmond’s Comprehensive Plan. The vision for Redmond’s urban centers emphasizes the roles for art and culture in creating community and economic activity.
The Downtown Cultural Corridor Master Plan provides a synergy between these three goals – the great street, cultural corridor and urban center – and suggests how city capital investments and re-development of the Downtown can support both Downtown’s larger vision, and change and growth in the arts.
The Downtown Cultural Corridor
The focus of the Downtown Cultural Corridor is Redmond Way and Cleveland Street and the connecting streets that provide north-south connections. The Master Plan proposes the area designated in the Downtown East-West Corridor Study as the boundaries for the Downtown Cultural Corridor. From East to West, the area stretches from the intersection of Redmond Way and Avondale Way to where the Trestle Bridge crosses Redmond Way. From North to South, the area begins at NE 80th Street and NE 79th Street south to NE 76th Street and includes the Redmond Central Connector.