Roswell has many unused spaces, natural features and cultural and historic assets that could be developed to broaden the appeal of the city and entice investment in facets other than extraterrestrials and tourism, according to eight architecture students who presented concepts for future development of the city at a Friday afternoon presentation at the offices of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp.
The students undertook redevelopment concepts as part of their urban design studio graduate course at Texas Tech University this semester. Their involvement in the project came through a connection with city Planning and Zoning Administrator Merideth Hildreth, who said that she collaborated with the Texas Tech University College of Architecture when she worked with an economic development unit of the university.
One of the eight ideas presented was the Hub, a 50-acre, mixed-use development of parks, restaurants, apartments, businesses, shopping and an equestrian arena that would start near the stockyards in northeast Roswell and would involve landscaping using native plants reminiscent of cattle pastures and agricultural lands. Other ideas included developing a series of related public art spaces in the city, creating streets better suited for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians that include center aisles featuring resting areas and food trucks, redeveloping the railroad industrial district and its large warehouses and silos into a shopping, eating and entertainment area, and creating wayfinding stations throughout the city where pedestrians walking through Roswell would find shops, bike rental spots and other features and that would provide directions to other attractions in the city through their designs and architectural features.