KTUA, in cooperation with the Hillcrest Business Association and several volunteer design professionals, prepared detailed plans for the redevelopment of the Normal Street Corridor from University Avenue to Washington Street, including extensive plans for areas immediately adjacent to the Department of Motor Vehicles building. These plans reclaimed excessive rights-of-way for parkland, special event space, historic interpretive displays and educational elements. The plans include a DMV plaza with driver educational displays, a shade shelter that can also be used for special events, and a courtyard with concession stand lease capability and more permanent facilities for the popular weekly Hillcrest farmers market.
As part of this effort, the group organized a three-day Re-Imagine Normal Street event with full-scale creations of some of the proposed improvements, including bike and pedestrian facilities and parklands. The area was programmed with daytime and nightime activities including concerts, pecha kucha style presentations, movies, yoga classes, food trucks and public art. Visitors were encouraged to learn more about the proposed project and provide comments about their vision for Normal Street.