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Name not shown inside Plainfield May 30, 2020, 11:16 AM

I think the current buildings need to be kept up and add some green space. Everything looks a little tired so a mixture of fresh spaces and upkeep might help.

Name not shown inside Plainfield May 28, 2020, 2:40 PM

Cohesiveness in design and fluidity within the township is important to the township's character. Landscaping and green spaces make commercial areas more inviting. The buildings should be well kept and if they aren't, steps should be in place to be able to take action on the building owners. Shopping areas need to be more accessible, such as Anna's House Restaurant. That area is very difficult to navigate. The area between the river and Walgreen's is a good example of the cohesiveness, easy to access, a long driving area without cluttering up the through traffic in that area. More eating establishments need to be available to make those shopping areas an easier choice. Less fast food, more nutritional choices. Maybe a brewery could be a good choice on the northern end near the Lowe's area. There's quite a mix of establishments in our area and they're all spread out with the appearance of randomness, including the residential areas. Planning for better layouts in the future will assist with drawing more people to the area to live, shop, and eat.

Name not shown inside Plainfield May 28, 2020, 2:19 PM

There are many good things in Plainfield Charter Township to be proud of. Asset mapping helps us identify the current physical assets - land, buildings, transportation, and facilities - that make our community strong.

What physical assets along the Corridor add the most benefit to our community?
Lakes, Rivers, and Streams, Parks and Recreational Opportunities, Community Groups/Churches


What about Plainfield Avenue? Given that there are many components to the street and traffic design, please rank these from the most important to be addressed to the least important.
Lack of Landscaping, Street Condition (potholes, etc) , Missing sidewalks, Not enough locations with traffic signals to easily cross Plainfield, Overhead power lines, Too many driveways, Other


If you were asked to describe the current Plainfield Avenue Corridor to a friend, as if you were looking at a picture, what would you say?
Nothing of note


When you think of places in Kent County that you like to visit where do you like to go?
Urban/Downtown


Building upon the last question, why do you choose to visit those areas/places? What "characteristics" do you find desirable that attract you to those areas?
Sense of Place, Entertainment Options, Restaurant/Fast food Options

Tom Sampson inside Plainfield May 28, 2020, 2:14 PM

Tell Us About You.
I am a

Resident


How often are you in the Plainfield Corridor?
2-3 times per week


How do you travel along the Plainfield Corridor?
I drive or ride in a car


What time do you most frequently travel the Plainfield Corrridor?
Weekends, after Noon


From the "most often" to "least often" tell us why you use the Plainfield Corridor.
To shop, To eat at restaurants, I live on/very near to Plainfield, Other Reason, To commute to work, To take children to school or activities


If you shop along the Corridor, what do you buy? (select all that apply)
Auto/Auto Parts & Supplies, Hardware/Home Repair, Restaurants/Fast Food, Personal Services (bank, salon, dry cleaning, etc)


Do you feel that most of your regular shopping needs are satisfied along Plainfield Avenue?
Yes


Do you think that the Plainfield Avenue Corridor is safe for all different types of transportation users (drivers, pedestrians, cyclists)?
No


What do you think about traffic along the Plainfield Corridor?
It is occasionally busy but is generally fine


Is the Plainfield Corridor mostly a place that people drive “to” or drive “through”?
Both


What is more important – travel speed to move vehicles through the corridor, or access to move vehicles to business and neighborhoods?
Getting vehicles to businesses and homes is more important


Have you ever had trouble finding a parking space in the Plainfield Corridor?
No


What do you see when you look at the Plainfield Corridor?
It is worn out and tired without a lot going on. New investment is needed., There is no sense of place here, we do not have a center of the community.


If new buildings are constructed along Plainfield Avenue, they should (select all that apply):
Include more greenspace


Please rank the following issues from most important to least?
Greenspace, Pedestrian Safety, Building Designs/Appearance, Traffic Flow - Movement of Vehicles , Commerical Development , Traffic Volume - Number of Vehicles , Residential Development

Name not shown inside Plainfield May 28, 2020, 3:44 AM

There are many good things in Plainfield Charter Township to be proud of. Asset mapping helps us identify the current physical assets - land, buildings, transportation, and facilities - that make our community strong.

What physical assets along the Corridor add the most benefit to our community?
Educational Institutions (public/private schools)


A community is also more than a collection of buildings; it includes the people, businesses, history and identity of a place.

What are other assets (people, businesses, etc.) that should be included in our list of Plainfield Avenue’s “strengths”?

Healthy dining options. Cleanliness of properties in the corridor.


What about Plainfield Avenue? Given that there are many components to the street and traffic design, please rank these from the most important to be addressed to the least important.
Missing sidewalks, Lack of Landscaping, Overhead power lines, Street Condition (potholes, etc) , Not enough locations with traffic signals to easily cross Plainfield, Too many driveways, Other


If you were asked to describe the current Plainfield Avenue Corridor to a friend, as if you were looking at a picture, what would you say?
Ugly. Bury cables, add sidewalks and landscaping.


When you think of places in Kent County that you like to visit where do you like to go?
Other - Rockford


Building upon the last question, why do you choose to visit those areas/places? What "characteristics" do you find desirable that attract you to those areas?
Sense of Place, Restaurant/Fast food Options, Mangeable Traffic Congestion


If you could name one street or place that you wish the Plainfield Avenue Corridor could be more like, where/what would that be and why?
Rockford. Clean, well kept, local businesses.


American architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham once said: “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans…” For the Corridor, we want big plans. What is your big idea for change in the Plainfield Avenue corridor?
Clean it up with more sidewalks and landscaping. Bury all of the cables running up and dow Plainfield.


Confucius once said, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones”.....What are some small improvements that could be done to make Plainfield better?
Hold property owners liable for keeping properties clean and groomed.

Peggy Kotecki inside Plainfield May 27, 2020, 4:53 PM

Plainfield needs more retail stores! Clothing especially! Or nice sit down restaurants. We have fast food, car washes, banks, car dealers. Boring! Also would love a location for small booth vendors to rent space!

Jonathan Miner outside Plainfield May 27, 2020, 2:59 PM

There are many good things in Plainfield Charter Township to be proud of. Asset mapping helps us identify the current physical assets - land, buildings, transportation, and facilities - that make our community strong.

What physical assets along the Corridor add the most benefit to our community?
Lakes, Rivers, and Streams, Parks and Recreational Opportunities, Other - Plainfield Ave - the actual road


A community is also more than a collection of buildings; it includes the people, businesses, history and identity of a place.

What are other assets (people, businesses, etc.) that should be included in our list of Plainfield Avenue’s “strengths”?

Car dealerships are what brings a lot of people and business to the area, so that should be considered a strength or asset.
Plainfield Ave has too many cars and too much pavement though, so important assets to have and increase are bus stops for public transportation (extend up to Rockford), sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes.


What about Plainfield Avenue? Given that there are many components to the street and traffic design, please rank these from the most important to be addressed to the least important.
Not enough locations with traffic signals to easily cross Plainfield, Missing sidewalks, Other , Lack of Landscaping, Street Condition (potholes, etc) , Too many driveways, Overhead power lines


If you were asked to describe the current Plainfield Avenue Corridor to a friend, as if you were looking at a picture, what would you say?
It's a mess. There is too much concrete and asphalt and too few trees and grassy areas. There are many empty buildings, all of different style and design and it looks blighted. It is very unfriendly to pedestrians and bicyclists. There is no place to cross the wide highway safely and there are no bike lanes. The last bus stop is at Lowe's, so you can't ride the bus up to West River Drive or Rockford, so you have to drive your car. It is ugly and has turned into another 28th Street or Alpine Ave eyesore.


When you think of places in Kent County that you like to visit where do you like to go?
Other - I don't understand. What came to mind were Meijer Gardens and kayaking the Rogue River, but I don't think that's what you meant. So, out of these choices, I guess Rural Main Street, if that means downstown Rockford, for example.


Building upon the last question, why do you choose to visit those areas/places? What "characteristics" do you find desirable that attract you to those areas?
Convenience - Close by, Sense of Place, People/Relationships, Other - Away from the hustle bustle, noise and over stimulation.


If you could name one street or place that you wish the Plainfield Avenue Corridor could be more like, where/what would that be and why?
The main street through Lowell. TIghtly packed buildings to use space effiiciently and to make it walkable. You park once and walk the rest. No strip mall places that always seem to be cheaply built with little planning. No parking lots staring you in the face.


American architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham once said: “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans…” For the Corridor, we want big plans. What is your big idea for change in the Plainfield Avenue corridor?
My "big plan" is to go SMALL. Make the area attractive and efficient, not just big and busy. Businesses should be near the street with parking behind. There should be sidewalks, bike lanes and shade trees. Don't let cheap stuff make it ugly. Let 28th street or Alpine have the strip malls and traffic.


Confucius once said, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones”.....What are some small improvements that could be done to make Plainfield better?
Road diet to add bike lanes and possibly a center grassy median (like near Creston HS). More shade trees. Require the property owners to tear down blighted buildings (e.g. Witmark) and set a schedule. Clean the streets and sidewalks of sand, gravel, broken glass, cigarette butts, etc. It's unsightly.

Name not shown inside Plainfield May 27, 2020, 12:54 PM

It would be nice to see some consistency to architecture / design of buildings and landscapes. In order to achieve this a long term outlook and vision would be needed. At this point Plainfield is an unpleasant street with an unplanned haphazard appearance. Perhaps through zoning, incentives, and maybe an architectural review board progress towards a more esthetically pleasing street could be made over time.

Name not shown inside Plainfield May 27, 2020, 12:32 PM

I like buildings to look open and modern with nice landscaping and easy access in and out.

Name not shown inside Plainfield May 27, 2020, 12:09 PM

Only places my family visits are Lowe's and Meijer (sometimes we choose to drive to Knapp Corner Meijer, even though it is further). The reason why, is because it is so much more pleasant to be in the Knapp corner area than at our Meijer on Plainfield. For everything else (restaurants, pizza, bakery, clothes etc.) we go to other neighborhoods of the GR area. Plainfield looks so haphazard. It seems that everyone does whatever they want and thus it is an eyesore, no matter where you look.
Must improve - greenspace (trees, shrubs, flowers), encourage or mandate similar architectural design for future buildings and remodel existing ones whenever possible, reduce the amount of advertisement signs or at the very least make them adhere to a standard design, reduce light pollution at night.
All in all, if you do want to think big (decades ahead), you must be bold and brave with changes. I would not mind if we tore it all down and rebuilt from the start, but that is not possible, I understand. If, at a minimum, we could get to the level of uniformity, greenery and quality of commercial development of Knapp Corner/ E Beltiline NE, we would be well better of than now.