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Design Team

Jen Cross, RDG Planning & Design

Nate Byro, Design Intern

Field Coordinator

Brad Riphagen, Trees Forever

Steering Committee

Dean Hosfelt

Linda Reineke

Meradith Marshall

Morganne Cameron

Ashley McCunn

TJ Venteicher

Peg Wheatley

Cody Reineke

Kevin McCunn

Beulah Follman

Phil Przychodzin

John Curry

Chase Wheatley

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Community Report

Massena (population 355) is located along Highways 92 and 148 in Cass County. The community takes pride in its agricultural heritage, which is still very much a part of the town’s economy. The goals of the Massena visioning committee are focused on Main Street, community parks, trails and signage, and stormwater management.

Community Assessments

The assessment process revealed that all demographic groups want a safe and accessible walking trail with amenities. Issues that residents identified in focus-group discussions include flooding in some areas, broken or nonexistent sidewalks, and speeding traffic.

Planning and Design Summary

The concept plan for Massena is based on priorities identified by residents, as well as guidance from the visioning steering committee, and includes six design proposals:

  • Main Street – Install bump-outs at intersections and midblock crossings with plantings and overstory trees; install pedestrian-scale lighting and replace planters, benches, and trash receptacles.
  • Heritage Park – Add interpretive panels, seating, and walkways.
  • City Park – Reconfigure programmed elements and regrade portions of the park to improve accessibility, relocate the basketball courts, and create new green spaces .
  • Trails – Create a dedicated trail that connects important destinations in town.
  • Signage – Create sign panels for existing signage that highlight Massena’s motto, “home of friendly people,” and that can be used for other forms of branding such as banners, websites, and trail signage.
  • Stormwater Management – Implement grass swales, bioswales, and check dams in key locations to slow water and decrease erosion.

Iowa Living Roadways Celebration

Pictured left to right: Meradith Marshall, Morganne Cameron, Phil Przychodzin, and Dean Hosfelt

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