Town Officials have released the latest version of possible long term plans for Downtown Mammoth Lakes. Instead of dirty snowbanks and the remnants of an abandoned trans-sierra highway project, town planners, Mammoth Mountain Ski area officials and others envision a pedestrian friendly downtown that will boost the visitor experience on Main Street.
What, if anything, ever gets built depends on many factors such as money and the cooperation of many different agencies and individual property owners, but in the meantime, this version of the Downtown Neighborhood District Plan constitutes a vision or dream of what Main Street could be in a perfect world.
The vision includes a walkable, mixed use downtown that offers shopping, dining, entertainment, lodging and housing within easy walking distance. One part of the plan proposes a four lane main street with sidewalks on both sides.
A median strip would be left between the opposing lanes of traffic which could be used for a gondola to the Village. The new Main Street would also sport bike lanes and on street parking right in front of the shops. The Shady Rest Tract, tucked under the trees just off Main Street, would be home to workforce housing.
Originally spearheaded by Mammoth Mountain CEO Rusty Gregory and Snowcreek Development, the latest version of the plan was hashed out over a series of public meetings and will be up for consideration by the Town Council on September 1.
The new plan and the preferred alternative are available in full on the Town of Mammoth Lakes website.