Huntingburg Comprehensive Plan presentation(9.24.13)


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Tom Kohler, a senior principal with Real Estate Research Consultants, Inc., of Orlando, Florida, gave this presentation to the Huntingburg City Council on Sept. 24.

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Huntingburg Comprehensive Plan presentation(9.24.13)

  1. 1. City of Huntingburg Economic Development Strategy and Comprehensive Plan Update Presentation September 24, 2013 GG
  2. 2. Scope of Services • Review of 2007 Comprehensive Plan • Assessment Of Local Market • Provide Development Options • Identify Catalytic Sites For Redevelopment • Provide Strategic Development Initiatives
  3. 3. Stakeholder Interview Highlights • Small town feel – great family community • US 231/SR 64 Styline overpass • Connection to Interstate 69 • Re-energize 4th Street/downtown • Redevelop old hospital area • Better leverage airport assets • Better coordinated marketing of downtown, League Stadium, Memorial Gym • Need for more labor • Expand recreational/eco tourism assets • Enhance entryways to city
  4. 4. Summary of Presentation • Market Data Summary • Community Places • Community Connections • Community Identity • Community Opportunities • Incentives And Partnerships • Next Steps
  5. 5. Market Summary • Evidence of demand for additional development activities over the next 30 years • 66,000 to 84,000 SF of GAFO tenants – Could include tenants such as Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx, Stein Mart along the US 231 corridor north of downtown – Restaurants and specialty shops located along 4th Street in downtown • 30,000 to 40,000 SF of office space could be supported • Additional industrial/warehousing – Styline Overpass is potential catalyst for additional distribution and cargo oriented development opportunities • Limited service hotel (80-120 rooms) on 14th Street near Events Center • Medium density multifamily (150-225) units along US 231 on north end of town (old hospital area)
  6. 6. Community Places • Downtown • Huntingburg City Park • Lake Huntingburg • Memorial Gym • Churches • Neighborhoods
  7. 7. Downtown 4th Street • Historic “Main Street” character • Good pedestrian scale • Owner-occupied tenants • Upper floor potential • New “beginning” with reconstruction
  8. 8. Huntingburg City Park • League Stadium- home of the Dubois Bombers • “League of Their Own” film fame • Recreational facilities: tennis, Little League, volleyball, swimming, picnicking • Large event venue
  9. 9. Community Places Memorial Gym •Huntingburg Lake •Churches •Neighborhoods
  10. 10. Community Connections • Styline Overpass/US 231 reroute • Expansion of trail system • Expansion of sidewalk system • Connecting parks, Huntingburg Lake, neighborhoods to downtown • Connecting system to school campuses
  11. 11. Community Connections
  12. 12. Connection Facilities
  13. 13. Example of Design Elements
  14. 14. Community Identity • Quintessential “small town America” community • Historic scale of “Main Street” • Strong spiritual base • Agricultural roots • Family-oriented sense of pride • Outdoor natural beauty/parks • Has significant potential beyond its size • Need better access to interstate highways
  15. 15. Community Identity Enhancements • Adopt urban design guidelines • Develop quality entrance features • Activate second floor 4th St. buildings • Encourage outdoor cafes downtown • Expand & promote quality special events schedule • Promote eco & recreational tourism
  16. 16. Urban Design Elements
  17. 17. Community Opportunities • Styline/14th Street overpass creates hospitality corridor/ access to more industrial sites • Airport potential as a regional supported port authority • Redevelopment of “old hospital” area for mixed uses- TIF district • “New” downtown 4th Street design • Use enhanced trail system as an economic driver
  18. 18. Styline Overpass
  19. 19. Hospitality Corridor • Overpass opens up corridor from US 231 to SR 64 • Added 14thStreet frontage exposure provides site for new hotel • Other sites on 14th Street should develop as supporting uses • Possible TIF district in conjunction with hospital property
  20. 20. Old Hospital Area Development • Prepare small area plan • Provide incentive policies to encourage mixed use development • Consider creating tax increment district including Events Center area
  21. 21. Airport Support • Provide funding for completion of Master Plan- essential for FAA grants • Continue to push for creation of regionally supported port authority • Continue to market shovel-ready airport development sites • Enhance research relationship with Crane Battery Innovation Center • Focus opportunities on cyberjet research/production
  22. 22. New” 4th Street • Complete downtown plan • Focus on reconstruction management plan • Configuration of streetscape options • Use of sidewalks for cafes • On/off street parking design • Accommodation of trail system as customer generator • Accommodation of street as venue • Draft incentive policies
  23. 23. Downtown Incentive Policies • Enhance parking facilities and develop and marketing brochure for visitors • Continue and expand façade grants for downtown properties • Develop “second floor” program to activate live/work spaces • Tenant recruitment incentives
  24. 24. Expanded Trail System • Recognize that outdoor recreational assets are economic drivers • Fund an expanded trailway system • Tie trails to enhanced sidewalk system for access to school campuses • Connect trails to parks, Huntingburg Lake, downtown • Engage Huntingburg Lake as a key recreational asset for water related activities
  25. 25. Public Infrastructure Initiatives • Styline Overpass • Gateway features at US 231/14th Street & SR 64/Styline • Entryway feature @ 6th Street /US 231 • New waterline/reconstruct 4th Street • Enhanced pedestrian/trail connections through town • Develop hospitality corridor on 14th Street; hotel site
  26. 26. Engage New Partners • Broader support for airport from surrounding jurisdictions • Joint marketing with renewed emphasis on outdoor recreation, eco-tourism & water-related activities • Trail system support to tie entire community together • Downtown merchants, Chamber and Visitor & Tourism Council refocus on coordinated schedule of festivals and special events to appeal to broader market
  27. 27. Next Steps • Design & construct overpass • Complete Downtown Plan • Develop construction program/schedule for new water line on 4th Street • Increase funding for airport to support preparation of Master Plan • Identify IDOT funding sources for enhancing trail system • Develop incentive policies to activate second floors on 4th Street • Prepare small area/TIF plan for Events Center/Hospital area
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