Community Visioning for Marysville, Kansas: A three-part study comprised of a housing conditions inventory, city-wide brownfield redevelopment concepts, and ideas for transforming the Union Pacific Depot site into a regional destination




Aidhabib, Abdullah
Akter, Nazmun
Belanger, Blake
Belk, Ayana
Biech, Oseanne
Blanchard, Jeremy
Borelli, Taryn
Brizendine, Noah
Bryan, Meredith
Carver, Rial

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Kansas State University. College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning


The Marysville Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center and the City of Marysville collaborated with Kansas State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning (LARCP) and K-State’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) for the spring and fall semesters in 2019. The intent of the collaboration was threefold: to document housing assets in the community, generate a set of strategic urban design ideas, and develop site planning alternatives for the Union Pacific Depot brownfield site. The effort was co-led by Associate Professor Blake Belanger and Assistant Professor Susmita Rishi. Professor Rishi and her students conducted a housing conditions inventory as part of PLAN650 Housing and Development Programs in the spring semester of 2019. She directed a different group of students to develop a set of urban design strategies in the fall semester of 2019 in PLAN640 Urban Design and Development Seminar. Also, during fall 2019, Professor Belanger led a group of students in LAR442 Site Research and Design Studio to develop design alternatives for the historic Union Pacific Train Depot site and adjacent parcels. Students shared their findings of PLAN640 and LAR442 in a public exhibit and open house on November 6, 2019. The agreement was mutually beneficial. Marysville leaders and decision-makers received fresh ideas, and students had the opportunity to work with external collaborators on a community engagement project. The City of Marysville funded the housing inventory during Phase 1 of the project and K-State TAB funded Phase 2 through an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Community Technical Assistance Grant (SCTAG) from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). In addition to the student work, Sustainable Strategies DC prepared a Resource Roadmap and TAB provided a summary of the November 6, 2019 public open house. In total, the contributors included 2 professors, 57 students, and 2 professionals.



Landscape architecture, Regional and Community Planning, Urban design, Visioning, Housing inventory, Technical Assistance Brownfields