Belo Garden Park Presentation by Thom Hubacek Jr., RLA
Belo Garden Story Line July 26, 2011 1
TOPICSDowntown Parks Master Plan (2003) Site Location Site History Redevelopment Potential Environmental Investigation Property acquisition Environmental Cleanup Public /Private Partnership Park Design and Development
Poly-nuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH’s) PAHs occur in oil, coal, and tar deposits, and are produced as byproducts of fuel burning (whether fossil fuel or biomass). As a pollutant, they are of concern because some compounds have been identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic(acenaphthene, anthracene, benzo’s. , fluorene’s) MetalsArsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead,mercury, selenium, and silver
Public/Private PartnershipsCity of Dallas• Property acquisition $6.5 million• Remediation $2 million Council Authorized Council Authorized Offer October 8, Commissioner’s Square-Foot Deposit ofProperty Area 2008 Total Price Court Award Cost Commissioner’s (Based on Original Award Appraisal) 1.002 Ac (43,647 sq. ft.) $2,888,000 $5,276,304 , L.P. .27 Ac. $94.99 August 26, 2009 $5,276,304 $817,000 (May 15, 2009) (11,901 sq.ft.) 1.272 Ac. totalRosemary .094 Ac. (4,109 $400,000 Dearing, $282,000 $97.34 August 26, 2009 $400,000 sq.ft.) (May 8, 2009) et.alMichael .092 Ac. $341,275 $276,000 $85.00 August 26, 2009 $341,275Minzner (4,015 sq. ft.) (May 28, 2009 and June 23, 2009) $4,263,000 $6,017,579 $6,017,579
NCTCOG/EPA Grant• December 2006-RLF (Revolving Loan Fund) provides funding to help carry out clean up activities at brownfield sites.• May 2007-North Central Texas Brownfields awarded $3m ($1.5m each for petroleum and for hazardous)• Spring 2010 Dallas site qualified and was selected and awarded $200,000
Public/Private PartnershipsBelo Corporation/Belo Garden Development, LLC $6.5 million• Design (Hargreaves Associates)• Construction of the Park• $1 million Endowment for major capital and future enhancements/improvements
Main Street EntryGarden Gardens Hill GardenTexas Fountain PlazaGrove Plaza Gardens Commerce Street 37
a. Welfare and/or Public HealthDowntown environments can be harsh with vehicle congestion, endless concrete and the overall fast pace ofactivity.After redevelopment of the site there will be less hardscape, helping to create a green fabric in downtown.The new park will offer a place to stop and rest; will improve stormwater runoff quality; lessen the strain onthe stormwaterconveyance system; and lower the ambient temperature with landscape and water features. All of the above benefits will contribute to a better environment and improved physiological and mental well beingof those living and working downtown.b. Economic Benefits and/or Green space- create economic benefits through increased property values of adjacent properties, serving as a catalyst forredevelopment of neighboring sites(In 2009 The Trust for Public Land released a report, Measuring the Economic Value of a City Park Systemquantifyingthe impacts parks have on property value, health benefits, community cohesion, urban stormwater and airpollution.The report found a five percent increase in value for properties located within 500 feet of a park.)-improving the overall downtown environment for office workers, residents and visitors.-benefits to physical and mental health are realized as people venture outside to enjoy the amenities the parkhas to offer.-enhance community cohesion as people form relationships with other park users. These individuals cometogether and support ‘their’ park through fundraising, maintenance or hosting community events.
c. Environmental Benefits from Infrastructure Reuse/Sustainable Reuse-removing contaminated soil,-planting with vegetation and more pervious surfaces will reduce storm water runoff-plants filters typical stormwater pollutants, improving stormwater quality- reduced demand on the City’s stormwater infrastructure- reduces localized urban flooding during heavy rain events.The abundance of concrete, steel and reflective glass present in downtown environments amplifies airtemperatures andcreates an artificially hotter environment. Providing more vegetated cover-reduces these effects by reflecting heat by providing shade-creating surfaces that do not enhance ambient air temperatures.-will lower ambient air temperatures,-reduce the localized heat island effect-and aid in the absorption of CO2 emissions.-This will have direct effects on the residents and office workers in the neighboring buildings as the new park landscaping and water features will help cool the surrounding area.-The landscaping absorption of CO2 emissions from automobile and building exhaust systems from the surrounding area and introduction of green space as proposed in the redevelopment of the subjectproperty is a City goal and addresses regional air quality goals.