The Role of the Non-Governmental Sector & Public Private Partnerships Case Study: Historic Millwork District Laura Carstens Planning Services Manager City of Dubuque, Iowa
Where is Dubuque, Iowa? Where Iowa, Wisconsin & Illinois meet Population of 60,000 On the Mississippi River
Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District A Vision of Sustainable Development
PAST: History of the Millwork District At turn of 20th Century, one of the largest millworking concentrations in US Dozens of companies with 2,500 jobs Most industries closed in the 1960s and 1970s Area has sat mostly vacant since that time
PRESENT: Conditions in the Historic Millwork District
Sustainability Partnerships “Creating livable communities will result in improved quality of life for all Americans and create a more efficient and more accessible transportation network that serves the needs of individual communities. Fostering the concept of livability in transportation projects and programs will help America’s neighborhoods become safer, healthier and more vibrant.” Ray LaHood, USDOT Secretary National Sustainable Cities Tour, Dubuque, September 17, 2009: Secretary Ray LaHood, USEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and HUD Secretary Shawn Donovan met with Governor Chet Culver and Mayor Roy Buol
Redevelopment Financing Partnerships It’s big…where to start? It’s hard to get to. It’s a warehouse district. Its streets and its water and sewer lines are outdated. How do you tie it all together?
Reality Check: Economics Behind It All 2008 ERA Study had several key findings: “Urban” housing is non-existent in Dubuque 250-500 DU’s urban housing demand pre-IBM Housing will drive other uses 2009 IFA Study 550 rental units needed (and that’s conservative) Most desirable units would be downtown
29 blocks of new streets 12 blocks of improved streets 3 acres of green space
Funds Secured to Date Private Developers $28,050,000 City of Dubuque $4,403,000 State Historic Tax Credits $20,500,000 Federal Historic Tax Credits $16,720,000 Iowa Great Places Grant $150,000 Main Street Iowa Grant $120,000 USDOT TIGER Grant $5,600,000 Total $75,543,000
Street Reconstruction Partnerships It’s hard to get to. How do you connect it to other districts: Downtown, Port of Dubuque, and Washington Neighborhood? How do you make it bike and pedestrian friendly?