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  • 1. The Role of the Non-Governmental Sector & Public Private Partnerships
    Case Study: Historic Millwork District
    Laura Carstens
    Planning Services Manager
    City of Dubuque, Iowa
  • 2. Where is Dubuque, Iowa?
    Where Iowa, Wisconsin & Illinois meet
    Population of 60,000
    On the Mississippi River
  • 3. Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District
    A Vision of Sustainable Development
  • 4. 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
  • 5. PRESENT: Conditions in the Historic Millwork District
    • 17 blocks of historic brick warehouses
    • 6. Over 1 million square feet of vacant space
    • 7. Streets with historic pavers, gravel and tracks
    • 8. Limited off-street parking or pervious area
  • Historic Millwork District Partnerships
    Master Plan
    Redevelopment Financing
    Street Reconstruction
    Streetscape Improvements
  • 9. Master Plan Partnerships
    Revitalization of the Historic Millwork District was selected in 2005 by nearly 15,000 tri-state citizens as one of 10 big ideas targeted for implementation by 2010.
  • 10. Historic Millwork District Master Plan
    Planning process engaged City officials & staff, property owners, and the public
    Planning documents:
    • Economic Feasibility & Market Study
    • 11. Master Plan
    • 12. Design Guidelines
  • Urban Ecosystems: Infrastructure for a Model Sustainable District
    Vegetation & Open Space
    Arts & Culture
  • 13. Master Plan Partnerships
    • NTHP Preservation Green Lab pilot site
    • 14. District Energy Feasibility Study
    • 15. Redevelopment Financing
    • 16. Design of Complete Streets, Utilities & Streetscape Improvements
    • 17. One Way Street Conversion Study
    • 18. Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning
    • 19. Architectural Design Guidelines
  • 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
  • 20. Sustainability Partnerships
  • 21. 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?
  • 22. 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
  • 23. Total Development Outcomes
    • 732 Housing Units
    • 24. 351,000 s.f. commercial/retail
    29 blocks of new streets
    12 blocks of improved streets
    3 acres of green space
  • 25. 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
  • 26. 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?
  • 27.
  • 28. Complete Streets Partnerships
    Phased street improvements and streetscape enhancements
  • 29. Streetscape Design Partnerships
    Use of local artisans: metal workers teamed up with sculptors to create custom street furnishings with district motifs and at lower cost
  • 30. Additional Information
    Laura Carstens – City of Dubuque