STILLWATER — Although a timeline isn't in place yet, officials with Oklahoma State University and the city of Stillwater say a plan to connect the campus to downtown could benefit both parties.
University and city planners worked together recently on a plan they hope will guide development southeast of campus. One of the highlights is a pedestrian corridor running from OSU to the downtown area.
The corridor would offer multiple routes downtown. Two legs would run from the southern end of campus south to 4th Avenue, then east on 4th Avenue to Husband Street and south to downtown on 7th Avenue. Another route would run a few blocks east of campus, following Husband Street from Hall of Fame Avenue to 7th Avenue.
Sidewalks along the route would be widened to allow for pedestrians and cyclists to use the corridor together. The route would include amenities such as trees, bicycle racks and benches.
The idea behind the project is to bring foot traffic from campus into three of the city's commercial areas: downtown, the Strip along Washington Street, and Campus Corner along Knoblock Street, said Paula Dennison, development services director for the city of Stillwater.
The city has worked to develop downtown in recent years, creating a business improvement district in 2007 to foster growth. Since then, Dennison said, the area has seen a great deal of development. But those efforts have been hampered by the fact that it's difficult to walk or bike from campus.
Unlike the Strip and Campus Corner, which border the campus, downtown Stillwater has no easy pedestrian route from OSU, Dennison said, making it difficult for students to walk or bike from campus to downtown shopping and dining areas.