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The presentation by Suzanne Schulz, Grand Rapids Planning Director, which opened Community Forum #4 for the Michigan Street Corridor Plan on 10/29/2012.

The presentation by Suzanne Schulz, Grand Rapids Planning Director, which opened Community Forum #4 for the Michigan Street Corridor Plan on 10/29/2012.

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  • 1. Michigan Street Corridor PlanFocus & Function Community ForumOctober 29, 2012
  • 2. General Session Agenda Suzanne M. Schulz, AICP Planning Director, City of Grand Rapids I. Welcome! II. Purpose of Today’s Forum III. Project Background and Progress IV. Land Use and Transportation Choices V. Break Out Sessions VI. Next Steps
  • 3.  City of Grand Rapids  The Rapid Dyer-Ives Foundation  Downtown Development Frey Foundation Authority GR Community College  Parking Commission GR Community Foundation  Community Development (NSP) GR Smart Zone Authority  Michigan State Housing Grand Valley Metro Council Development Authority (MSHDA) Grand Valley State University  Michigan Department of Michigan State University Community Health (MDCH) Michigan Street Corridor  HUD Sustainable Communities Association Challenge Grant Spectrum Health  Smart Growth America
  • 4.  $1 billion in development over the past 10 years Traffic congestion at Michigan & College intersection 2 emergency rooms and 1.25 million visitors annually Not pedestrian or bicycle friendly Loss of neighborhood commercial services Keep jobs and growth within the city Pressures on neighborhoods for parking, traffic, growth No “there” there
  • 5. Project Study Area
  • 6. • Inventory & Analysis • Action Strategies1 • September – December 2011 7 • October – December 2012 • Goals, Issues, & Opportunities • Near-Term Facilities Design2 • November – March 2011 8 • November – December 2012 1 0 • Choices, Trade-offs, & Priorities • Draft Corridor Plan3 • April – June 2012 9 • January – March 2013 • Plan Concepts • Final Plan Adoption & Evaluation4 • June – August 2012 10 • March – June 2013 • Alternatives & Feasibility Evaluation • Implementation & Education5 • August – October 2012 11 • June 2013 – … • Recommended Plans, Policies, & Practices6 • October – December 2012
  • 7.  Project Studies Community Forums Quality of Life Game Focus Groups Online Discussions Steering Committee
  • 8. Previous Area Specific Plans Belknap LookoutMonroe North Primary Focus Area Brikyaat (Midtown)
  • 9. U3 Ventures GRCC, GVSU, MSU, Spectrum, Saint Mary’s, VAIEmployees of major anchor institutions Students at universities in corridor % living in % living in # of employees # of students study area study area Total 19,553 2.6% Total 21,364 6.7%
  • 10. Zimmerman Volk Associates • How many households would be likely to rent or buy housing units in the study area each year? 4,660 • What Are Their Housing Preferences? – Higher-Density Housing Types • Rental Lofts/Apartments: 55.5% • For-Sale Lofts/Condos: 16.2% • For-Sale Rowhouses: 19.2% • For-Sale Urban Houses: 9.1%
  • 11. Community PreferencesForum 2: June 11th, 2012 A corridor with…  Safe non-motorized and multimodal transportation options  A sense of community and neighborhood character - including architectural and streetscape consistency  A more accessible mixed-use development featuring retail amenities and neighborhood services  Green features that enhance livability  Public’s Priorities: Sidewalks, bike lanes, street trees, and transit-only lanes
  • 12. 0 100 200 300 400 Commercial & Retail Mix Institutional High Density Housing Medium Density Housing Low Density HousingGrand River to College Additional Parking Industrial Commercial & Retail Mix Medium Density Housing Institutional Low Density Housing High Density Housing Land UseCollege to Plymouth Industrial Additional Parking Community Preferences Low Density Housing Outcomes from the focus groups and forums: Commercial & Retail Mix Medium Density Housing Industrial InstitutionalPlymouth to East Beltline High Density Housing Additional Parking
  • 13. Land Use and TransportationHow could this corridor be improved?What might these improvements look like?What are the tradeoffs of different alternatives? LAND USE TRANSPORTATION
  • 14. Different land use arrangements havedifferent transportation impacts…Number of auto tripsTime of dayPotential to shift some auto trips to transit, walking and bicyclingPotential to share parking
  • 15. Land Use Scenarios• A plan for the arrangement of different types of land uses medium- medium- low-density light density density residential industrial residential residential commercial mixed-use
  • 16. Guiding PrinciplesExample: Safely and efficiently move people and goods through the corridor Multimodal Layered Networks  Accommodating different types of travelers does not mean the same design on every street  Need to examine entire street network in the area
  • 17. What Makes a Corridor a Place? The Three “D’s”: Diversity, Density, Design
  • 18. Streetscape Design (Public)
  • 19. Street Design Options Bike Routes Wayfinding and Gateways Wider Sidewalks Convert 1-way streets to 2-way Road Diet [5 lanes to 3 lanes] Reversible Lanes More Turn Lanes Medians Roundabouts at Major Intersections I-196 Interchange Modifications
  • 20. Transit & Bike Route Concepts - DRAFTTransitBike Routes
  • 21. Green Infrastructure & ConnectivityDRAFT PlanSeptember 24, 2012 The Grand River to East Beltline
  • 22. Building Design (Private)
  • 23. Diversity Density
  • 24. Preferred Land UseDRAFT PlanSeptember 24, 2012 The Grand River to East Beltline N
  • 25. Preferred Land UseDRAFT PlanSeptember 24, 2012 The Grand River to Plymouth Ave. N
  • 26. After land use scenario was selectedFour transportation packages modeled• “Do Nothing” as a comparison• Travel Demand Management (TDM) Ideas to reduce peak-hour, single-occupant auto travel• Changes to Michigan Street Intersections and segments• Changes beyond Michigan Street: Network Interchange ramps, parallel streets
  • 27. Your Input Tonight 1. Intersections & Interchanges Focus: College/Michigan, Hastings/College, Ottawa/I-196, College (Fountain-Fulton) 2. Neighborhood Connections Focus: Belknap Lookout & Monroe North 3. Designs for Michigan Street Focus: College to Fuller 4. Bicycle Alternatives Focus: Lyon Street proposal from the Grand River to Plymouth 5. Tools for Implementation
  • 28. Next Steps• Compile Community Input• Share with Steering Committee and Stakeholders• Special Studies as Needed• Implementation Steps: Housing Recommendations, TDM Strategies, Facilities Design, Other?
  • 29. Breakout Session Guidelines• Listen actively -- respect others when they are talking.• Speak from your own experience instead of generalizing ("I" instead of "they," "we," and "you").• Do not be afraid to respectfully challenge one another by asking questions, but refrain from personal attacks -- focus on ideas.• Participate to the fullest of your ability -- community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice.• Instead of invalidating somebody elses story with your own spin on her or his experience, share your own story and experience.• The goal is not to agree -- it is to gain a deeper understanding.• Be conscious of body language and nonverbal responses -- they can be as disrespectful as words.
  • 30. Please Choose a Break-out Session1. Intersections & Interchanges Rm 145Focus: College/Michigan, Hastings/College, Ottawa/I-196, College (Fountain-Fulton)2. Neighborhood Connections AuditoriumFocus: Belknap Lookout & Monroe North (here)3. Designs for Michigan Street Rms 118-120Focus: College to Fuller4. Bicycle Alternatives Rms 122-124Focus: Lyon Street proposal5. Tools for Implementation Rm 147 Return to atrium following breakouts for more information & parking/bus passes
  • 31. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!Please return to atrium following breakoutsfor more information & parking/bus passes