VISIONING OVERVIEW

Upcoming Activities and Worumbo Planning Milestones

Opportunities to review new information and provide input: January to March 2022

Four Redevelopment Options for Further Consideration

On January 19th, the Lisbon Development Committee gathered input from Committee members, Town residents, and representatives of Positive Change Lisbon and Save the View on four conceptual redevelopment options for the former Worumbo Mill site offered by the Town's consultant, The Chesapeake Group, based on findings from the Lisbon Market Study (to review the Market Study findings in detail, visit Market Conditions).

 

  • Each Option will include greenspace and parking acreage, the “synergy” of the option (does it fit with the character and needs of the Town of Lisbon?), economic and tax impacts, the probability of Developer interest in such a project, and notes about the option.

  • Every option will require upgrades to the adjacent public infrastructure, as well. TIF revenues could help those much-needed improvements both at Worumbo and in the surrounding village area and could help provide matching funds for additional grant money for the area. 

 

The options are:

  1. Riverside Park

  2. Residential Housing with Public Riverside Park

  3. Residential Housing with Restaurant(s) and Riverside Park

  4. Boutique Business Opportunities and Riverside Park

Check out this video that entails a full review of the proposed options with Acorn Engineering.

Option #1: Riverside Park
This option produces aesthetic possibilities for the town as a park, gathering place and possibilities for Farmer’s Market and small events. It is not intended to be an essential direct revenue-producing development for our town.

  • Park/greenspace: +/- 3.75 acres

  • Parking: Same as current, +/- .75 acres

  • Direct Tax Revenues: None       

  • Income to the community from employment: None

  • Linkage to employment needs: None     

  • Developer Investment Probability: 0/10
            Please note: For this option, the Town of Lisbon retains Ownership.

  • Synergy*: Some for existing parking and potential Events

 

Notes: Parking Lot improvements, lighting, additional electrical, additional access/egress, and landscaping to create park.

 

Option #2: Residential Housing with Public Riverside Park
This option offers apartment-style housing units, a public park, and the option of office space in the housing units.

  • Park/greenspace: +/- 3 acres

  • Parking & Development: +/- 1.5 acres

  • Direct Tax Revenue estimate: $66,300 - $108,540 per year

  • Income to the community from employment: Marginal

  • Linkage to employment needs: Very high

  • Developer Investment Probability: 9.5/10

  • Synergy: Add to residential base, greater round the clock activity

 

Notes: To include 20-24 housing units, OR 16-20 housing units with an additional 4 Office Spaces similar to the units. Each housing unit is 1,000-1,500 sq ft, 1 bedroom with second room for home-office/den/guests. Single bedroom units don’t contribute as many children to a school district and emphasize synergy with the surrounding village for seniors aging in place as well as young professionals.

Option #3: Residential Housing with Restaurant(s) and Public Riverside Park
This option offers apartment-style housing units, a public park, with some office space in the housing units and a possible stand-alone restaurant.

  • Park/greenspace: +/- 3 acres

  • Parking & Development: +/- 1.5 acres

  • Direct Tax Revenues: $66,300 - $90,450 per year

  • Income to the community from employment: 20 to 25 full-time jobs equivalent to a total of $500,000/year

  • Linkage to employment needs: Very high

  • Developer Investment Probability: 6/10
    Please note, Restaurant must be subsidized by residential tax structure.

  • Synergy: Add to residential base, greater round the clock activity

 

Notes: To include 20 -24 housing units with a maximum of 4 offices, and a restaurant (4,000 sq ft) with indoor-outdoor eating and small events. Each housing unit is 1,000-1,500 sq ft, 1 bedroom with second room for home-office/den/guests. Single bedroom units don’t contribute as many children to a school district and emphasize synergy with the surrounding village for seniors aging in place as well as young professionals.

Option #4: Boutique Business Opportunities and Riverside Park
This option offers a public park, with some with a variety of small boutique-type business units and a possible stand-alone restaurant.

  • Park/greenspace: +/- 3.25 acres

  • Parking & Development: +/- 1.25 acres

  • Direct Tax Revenues: $28,700 per year

  • Income to the community from employment: 30 to 35 jobs equivalent to a total of $750,000/yr

  • Linkage to employment needs: Small

  • Developer Investment Probability: 7/10 (8/10 if restaurant is excluded)
    Please note, Restaurant must be subsidized by residential tax structure.

  • Synergy: Could become a single-destination cluster

 

Notes: To include 10 small, modern alternative commercial units decoratively designed, with or without a restaurant (4,000 sq ft) with indoor-outdoor eating and small events.    

Next Steps

Upcoming planning activities and milestones are based on the Worumbo Public Input Plan approved by Town Council on October 5, 2021.  Presentation and public discussion of the Public Input Plan, including a direct mailer to every Lisbon address, occurred during the Lisbon Development Committee meeting on September 22, 2021 and is available here.

 

1.  Presentation of Draft Scenarios for Input.  On January 12th at 6pm, Howard Kohn presented the four *draft* redevelopment scenarios to members of the Lisbon Development Committee and other interest groups for input.  The meeting will be available on Town Hall Streams.

2.  Town Council Review and Approval of Scenarios.  Following stakeholder input, the four redevelopment scenarios were presented for Town Council review and approval during the Council's meeting on February 1st at 7pm.  Following Council approval of the scenarios, the Town's consultants will finalize ongoing analyses to complete existing contracts with the Town.​

3.  Financial, Parking, and Visual Analyses to Inform Public Input.  Following Town Council approval of the four redevelopment scenarios, analyses will be compiled over the month of February by the Town's qualified consultants to present the four redevelopment scenarios.  The analyses will include: ​

  • Financial Benefit-Cost Analysis to understand expected economic impacts and Downtown TIF tax implications for each scenario. 

  • Parking Analysis to understand the impacts of each scenario on parking supply and demand in the surrounding village.

  • New Rendering for each scenario to provide a visual reference.

4.  Community Survey Promoted by Direct Mailer to Lisbon Residents.  In early March, members of the Lisbon community will have the opportunity to share their preferred option by completing a simple, community-side survey.  Survey options will include the four redevelopment options plus supporting information, including the benefit-cost analyses, parking study, and visual renderings so community members can understand impacts, benefits, and costs of each option. Financial Benefit-Cost Analysis to understand expected economic impacts and Downtown TIF tax implications for each scenario. Parking Analysis to understand the impacts of each scenario on parking supply and demand in the surrounding village. New Rendering for each scenario to provide a visual reference.

  • ****The need for the direct mailer was emphasized by Lisbon community members during review of the Worumbo Public Input Plan to ensure all residents are informed and have the opportunity to participate.

5.  Presentation of Survey Results and Visioning Process to Town Council.  Following tabulation of the community survey, the results will be presented to Town Council along with findings from the market analysis and parking study.

How did we get to where we are today?

Worumbo Project Public Input Plan

Community Visioning Initiative
What we’ve done so far

  • Three Public Meetings

  • One Site Walk

  • Two Surveys

  • Conceptual site-plan designs

  • Monthly planning discussions & Coordination by the Lisbon Development Committee

  • Eight Town Council Agenda items and approvals

Check out these articles and other information

Times Record 12/9/21

Spectrum News 10/1/21

Times Record 9/23/21

Times Record 8/20/20

Times Record 10/3/19

Press Herald 7/21/17

Lisbon Downtown Revitalization Plan Update – 2014

Envision Downtown Lisbon Plan – 2011

Worumbo Redevelopment Community Survey Results

Summary of Results

Summary of Survey Results available here.

General Comments

Compilation of general survey comments available here.

 

Town Council Discussion

Town Council discussion of next steps for the redevelopment process begins at the 1 hour and 25 minute point of June 22nd Town Council live stream video, available here.

 

Staff Memo

Staff memo summarizing survey findings and next steps available here.

Next Steps

Preparing for additional site-specific input

  • October, 2021: Lisbon Community Retail Survey
    The Chesapeake Group (TCG) conducted a Retail Survey in Lisbon and surrounding communities to understand local shopping habits and to inform the town-wide Market Analysis.

  • November, 2021: Stakeholder Interviews
    TCG gathered input from local businesses, developers and others.

Community Input
What comes next?

  • December, 2021: LDC Community Meeting

    • TCG presented the market analysis as it pertains to the Worumbo site.

    • Parking study results.

    • Input/Questions from the community.

  • January, 2022: Community ReUse Options Survey

    • SURVEY 1:  Selection of Scenarios--for a deep-dive Financial/Feasibility Analysis (conducted by Town/LDC)

  • February, 2022: LDC Community Meeting, February 2022
    TCG presents analyses for the top two scenarios identified in the survey.

  • March, 2022: Community ReUse Preference Survey, March 2022

    • SURVEY 2:  The Town/LDC will take a community-wide survey of which Worumbo redevelopment option is the Town’s priority.