Beaver Business District Sustainable Vision Plan


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The following report outlines sustainability best practices that can be implemented in Beaver. In addition, these recommendations can be used as a marketing tool to promote and educate sustainable best practices to other business districts. The “Sustainable Toolkit” developed is intended to serve as the starting point for Beaver’s Sustainable Vision Plan, but can be tailored to meet the needs of any community committed to a more sustainable future.

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  • Beaver has already put in place several sustainable solutions and they asked us to develop a plan.The Borough of Beaver and the Beaver Business Authority, in collaboration with Town Center Associates through the Beaver County Main Street Network, would like to create a vision for building a more sustainable business district. The Borough of Beaver and the BDA would like to learn more about applicable sustainability best practices and solutions that are currently being implemented in central business districts across the county. They would like to create a vision for a sustainable business center that would capitalize on the assets of the existing business corridor while enhancing the public realm and pedestrian experience. As a paradigm for sustainability, the Borough of Beaver aims to serve as regional model for sustainable practices for other business districts.
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  • 12 businesses have received the DF certif.Duquesne Light Grant :$125,000 , to retrofit the 83 ornamental light poles in the business district incandescent light bulbs that each consume 100-watts of power with long-lasting, brighter, 36-watt LED fixtures. The new lighting will also be reconfigured to direct more of the lighting downward, while eliminating glare for motorists. The new system would result in an annual savings to the Borough of $14,000 and, over a 10-year period, could total $125,000. Street furniture mantainanceIn recent years, a total of 20 memorial benches have been purchased by local citizens and placed along Third Street. With continuous exposure to the elements, some benches have developed surface damages. Since January 2012, all the benches were temporarily removed and returned to the manufacturer for refinishing, at no charge to the Borough. By early spring, they were all returned to their original places.
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  • Beaver has already put in place several sustainable solutions and they asked us to develop a plan
  • Beaver Business District Sustainable Vision Plan

    1. 1. Sustainable Beaver May 2, 2012 Gabriela Luongo Rosa Rendon Business District Elia Sorice
    2. 2. The importance of third places As alternatives to the social environments of home and work,Third Places are essential to public life, local democracy & community vitality 2
    3. 3. Agenda Introduction Sustainable Toolkit Toolkit Implementation Final Thoughts 3
    4. 4. Beaver in a Snapshot40 miles NW from PittsburghPopulation: 5,144Town Amenities: • Fort McIntosh • Beaver Area Heritage Museum • Farmer’s MarketNational Register of HistoricPlaces (1997) 4
    5. 5. Beaver Business District Model ofSustainabilityWith 75 businesses, theBeaver Business District hastaken several steps towards asustainable future  Downtown First Certification Business District Profile  Duquesne Light Grant 9% 20% 1%  Street furniture 34% maintenance 36% Food service Municipal Service Retail Business Service Business 5 Vacant
    6. 6. Stakeholders AnalysisCarnegie Mellon Residents Sustainable Supporters Beaver Business Beneficiaries DistrictDuquesne Light Visitors Business District Town Center Beaver Borough Authority Associates Active Stakeholders 6
    7. 7. Agenda Introduction Sustainable Toolkit Toolkit Implementation Final Thoughts 7
    8. 8. Sustainable Toolkit Energy Street Stormwater Recycling CommunityEfficiency Furniture Management Engagement 8
    9. 9. Energy EfficiencyLight Emitting Diode(LED) benefits:  Energy efficiency  SafetyLED Uses:  Traffic lights  Building outdoor up-lighting  Gardens and trees  Information purposes 9
    10. 10. Street FurnitureBike Racks  Promotes walkability and different mean of transportationPlanters & HangingFlowers  Manages stormwater runoff  Improves the public realmAwnings  Reduce energy demandsCommunity Identifiers  Create civic pride 10
    11. 11. Stormwater Management Bioswales / Silva Cell Beaver Trees  Provides onsite storm water treatment  Allows growth for large trees Rain Barrels  Decreases runoff to stormwater sewers  Captures water for landscaping & irrigation  Serves as example for homeowners 11cell-system
    12. 12. Stormwater Management Pervious Pavement  Manages stormwater runoff  Prevents soil erosion  Filters contaminants Non-Pervious Pervious 12
    13. 13. Existing Alley Conditions Water, sediments, and pollutants are directed towards storm sewers through downspouts. Impervious pavement collects water and prevents groundwater recharge. 13
    14. 14. Rain Barrels Implementation Rain barrels help reduce the quantity of water that enters stormwater drainage systems Pervious pavement reduces quantity and improves quality of stormwater runoff, allowing for groundwater recharge. 14
    15. 15. Recycling Beaver Trash CansCurrently there is no system ofRecycling in Beaver BoroughSolar Compact Trash Bins  Reduces trash collection by 80% Solar Compact Trash Bins  Saves money by reducing fuel costs and improving recycling opportunities. 15
    16. 16. Community Engagement Educate Through Events Experience Engage residents to reduce negative impact on the environment Experience Downtown by integrating new sustainable Engage Educate practicesEducate through events & createDowntown as central community location.
    17. 17. Community EngagementBike Lanes and BikeRacks Create a community competition for original bike racks Involve the whole community (not only downtown) Organize Bike to Work and School Day Implement programs for young population to encourage walkability 17
    18. 18. Community EngagementSuggested Events: Earth Day Festivities Rain Barrels Art Exposition Raffle Rain Barrels First Friday in Downtown 18
    19. 19. Agenda Introduction Sustainable Toolkit Toolkit Implementation Final Thoughts 19
    20. 20. Toolkit ImplementationPhase I (0 – 1 year) Phase II (2 – 3 years)- Rain barrels- Bike racks Phase III (3 – 5 years) - LED outdoor up-lighting- Community Identifiers - LED crosswalks - Parallel parking- LED retrofitting - Bike racks - Bike signage- Awnings & Planters - Retractable awnings- Education programs - Bioswales / Silva cells- Recycling bins - Median 20
    21. 21. Existing Conditions 40’ Beaver Clock Tower 21
    22. 22. Phase ILED Retrofit Bicycle Racks Rain Barrels Solar Compacting Education Awnings & Trash Bin Programs Planters Community 22 Identifiers
    23. 23. Phase IILED Uplighting Awnings & Bioswales/ Solar SuggestedLED Crosswalks Planters Rain Gardens Compacting Community Bicycle Racks Pervious Trash Bin Events Pavement 23
    24. 24. Phase IIILED Uplighting Awnings & Bioswales/ Solar AnnualLED Crosswalks Planters Rain Gardens Compacting Community Bicycle Racks Parallel Trash Bin Events Parking 24
    25. 25. Existing Conditions 25
    26. 26. Phase I LED retrofitting has significant cost saving benefits Retractable awnings reduce energy demands Planters improve the quality of the public realm 26
    27. 27. Phase II LED uplighting improves energy efficiency and illuminate downtown businesses Bioswales and rain gardens reduce stormwater runoff and allows for groundwater recharge 27
    28. 28. Phase III Parallel parking Bike racks encourage alternative modes 28 of transportation
    29. 29. Next steps1. Organize a task force • Include all Stakeholders2. Adopt a guiding principle or framework • Implement “sustainable toolkit”3. Appoint a Director of Sustainable Development • Create accountability for success4. Secure sources of funding and consultation • Pennsylvania’s Main Street Program • Coordinate with local waste management5. Promote sustainable vision • Encourage civic engagement and education municipality-wide • Share best practices with surrounding communities 29
    30. 30. Sustainable Beaver May 2, 2012 Gabriela Luongo Rosa Rendon Business District Elia Sorice