Though the railroad and its operations would largely serve center-stage, it can also be the dramatic backdrop to commercial, retail, and institutional development.
Farmers Market – the Nickel Plate once expedited fruits and vegetables between Chicago and New York in mere hours; restored freight cars that once carried perishables could be positioned to recreate the freight platforms of 4th street, wherein visitors could “pick up” consumables as they are “unloaded” off the train just as they would have been 60 years ago.
Outdoor Garden – urban gardens offer popular alternatives to store-bought food and as part of the community space at Headwaters Junction, these could located near the river front.
River Access – improvements along the river front could include docks, mooring, an esplanade, and river tours. River access compliments Headwaters Junction’s intermodal transportation offerings.
Residential – live/work studios or apartments could add to the overall offerings at 4th street. Care should be taken in the placement of residential areas as they relate to the railroad.
Artistic/Cultural Space – colorful and imaginative spaces increase pedestrian traffic and activities
Miscellaneous Retail – developments at 4th street should not copy existing retail or commercial offerings downtown or in the area. Unique retail and boutique space can be considered.