Sun Prairie Stronger


The City of Sun Prairie has embarked on the creation of a vision and redevelopment plan for the corner of Main and Bristol, the site of the July 2018 gas leak and explosion. The community’s sense of pride and incredible resiliency following the tragedy was represented by the #sunprairiestrong campaign. This process built upon that collective coming together to celebrate the heritage of the area and traditions of the community, as well as leverage this once-in-a-hundred-year opportunity to define the future of Sun Prairie.

The final plan reflects many voices—residents, property and business owners, and stakeholders—and will work to redevelop the heart of the community. The result is a clear path to a sustainable, vibrant, and inspirational place that honors the history of the site.

The Planning Process

The Planning process was composed of four phases: Analyze, Engage, Envision, and Implement. During Analyze and Engage phases, the planning team assessed the site’s existing conditions and engaged the community through different platforms to prepare a“State of the Area Report”. The Envision phase focused on developing site concepts with guidance from the project’s steering committee. These concepts were presented to the community in a community open house for additional feedback.  This feedback was used to develop the finalized site concepts. The Implement phase included the creation of the action plan that will guide the City of Sun Prairie to bringing this plan to life!


Sun Prairie Stronger Plan (PDF, 22MB)
Sun Prairie Stronger Shadow Study (PDF, 9MB)

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