The Penn Central of Richfield
organization is a coalition of residents and business members who want to guide the future of the Penn and 66th
area in Richfield. The group seeks to work in cooperation with the City of Richfield, developers and business
members toward a positive revitalization of the commercial district.
The illustrations on this page, provided courtesy of the City of Richfield, show a vision
of what the future of the Penn Central area could look like. These concepts show a variety of shops and
eateries, pleasant gathering spots, pedestrian and bicycle friendly corridors and expanded green space.
It should be noted that these illustrations
are conceptual in nature. There are no immediate plans for these changes to occur. Current
market conditions and the slow national economy have impacted potential investments in the community.
This begs the question: “Why would the city have these illustrations created if they are merely conceptual?”
The reason is that planning is a long process. You don’t want to be caught with no vision for an area on the
day a developer or investor expresses interest. Planning requires intensive research, citizen input, negotiations, feasibility
studies, market research and more. Consequently, it’s wise to have a plan before the day that a developer
makes a proposal. With no plan in place, the community would be caught off-guard and rushed to make hasty decisions.
A plan guides the discussion and lets developers know what the community desires.
believe changes to the area will be incremental in nature. The goal is revitalization, not major redevelopment.
All residents and business members are encouraged to take
an active role in the future of the Penn Central area. The Penn Central group meets monthly on the Third
Thursday to discuss relevant issues, and you are invited to participate.