Top Ten Measure 2: Regional/Community Design & Connectivity Stephen Conschafter<br />How does the design promote regional ...
Agenda<br />Stephen Conschafter  - 	Brookland Master Plan<br />Jeff Stanton - 		Phoenix Light Rail and the Papago Gateway<...
March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />3<br />Urban Land Institute’s, Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development an...
Brookland/CUA Metro Station Small Area Plan<br />Small Area Plans supplement the Comprehensive Plan<br />Allow citizens sh...
A Framework for Future Development<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />5<br />Final framework plan the result of a...
Creating a Sense of Community<br />Guiding Principles to shape development within a 5-minute walk from metro station<br />...
Bridging the Gap – Feasibility?<br />Decking Feasibility Study<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />7<br />
March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />8<br />
Placemaking in Brookland<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />9<br />Mixed-used Development surrounding Civic Space...
  Civic space - plaza along Newton Street for cultural activities, community gathering and Farmers Market
  Green space and community building at Brooks Mansion </li></ul>Green Civic Plaza <br />Residentialabove retail<br />Broo...
Transportation in Brookland – Multiple Modes<br />City’s Transportation Goals:<br />Improve efficiency and integration of ...
Improving Automobile & Transit Trips<br />Improve Vehicular Mobility and Safety<br />New signals.<br />Optimizing timing o...
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Sustainable Neighborhoods in DC - Brookland

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  • Aerial of the DC Region The Brookland/CUA site is in the upper right side of the screen The Red Line connects the Brookland neighborhood and Catholic University to the DC region Part of this study is to build upon that important connection – creating a future framework for a place that relies more on walking and transit and less on automobile use
  • Small Area Plans supplement the Comprehensive Plan by providing detailed direction for the development of city blocks, corridors, and neighborhoodsAllow citizens shape future development in their neighborhoodsIdentify gaps and opportunities in city services and resourcesShape critical capital budget decisionsAre approved by the Council as legislation
  • Final plan guides growth around the Brookland/CUA metro station area DC Comp plan calls for growth in the area to respect the scale of the neighborhood, address transportation concerns and improve connections The final framework plan on the right (a zoomed-in version of the plan on the left) The plan shows major gateways on the east and west sides of the neighborhood, which is bisected down the middle by the WMATA and CSX tracks
  • Transportation, Walkability and ConnectivityAddress traffic impacts and protect the neighborhood from additional trafficPromote and integrate bus, shuttles, bikes, rail and other transit optionsProvide adequate parking while in keeping with Transit-Oriented Development principlesImprove east-west connectivity across the neighborhoodImprove walkability around the neighborhood and connectivity to Metro and 12th StreetEnhance the public realm through improved streetscape, wayfinding, lighting, landscaping and burying of utilitiesLand Use and Neighborhood CharacterProtect existing neighborhood characterHighlight neighborhood historic and cultural resourcesCreate an active pedestrian neighborhood with mixed-use development and a variety of housing types for all income levelsProvide civic and cultural amenitiesPromote quality in design of buildings and public spacesOpen Space and Environment Guiding PrinciplesImprove and maintain existing park spacesIncrease Open Space throughout the neighborhoodImprove and maintain street trees and plantingsEmploy sustainable building and site design strategies
  • Members of the community came up with the idea of decking over the WMATA/CSX tracks Part of the goal to improve connectivity and restoring the old grid Decking creates improved connectivity between the east and west sides of Brookland, while providing land for mixed-use TOD, a public plaza and a new portal to the Metro Station The elevation of the current tracks is close to existing grade So two options were explored – a raised deck directly over the tracks and a deck and fill option to re-grade the surrounding area Lowering the tracks was not considered because of engineering issues and constant use by WMATA, CSX and Amtrak
  • The final plan creates connectivity without relying on the decking option The Metro Station becomes a mixed-use transit-oriented civic core for the community with the arts as a key element A new civic plaza and open space is proposed at the Metro Station along an extended Newton Street, integrated with the Brooks Mansion The civic plaza is where cultural activities can take place as well as a Farmer’s Market The Brooks Mansion and the open space around it are envisioned to become an important green civic element Monroe Street is the primary gateway and connector between east and west sides of Brookland – a plaza and open space is proposed at it’s intersection with Michigan Ave Monroe would also feature retail development spanning the tracks to create a continuous streetscape
  • Sustainable Neighborhoods in DC - Brookland

    1. 1. Top Ten Measure 2: Regional/Community Design & Connectivity Stephen Conschafter<br />How does the design promote regional and community identity and an appropriate sense of place?<br />How does the project contribute to public space and community interaction?<br />How does the project’s location reduce automobile travel? <br />Does the project make use of any alternative local or regional transportation strategies?<br />GreenBags 2010<br />March 9, 2010<br />1<br />2010 GreenBags<br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br />Stephen Conschafter - Brookland Master Plan<br />Jeff Stanton - Phoenix Light Rail and the Papago Gateway<br />Vishal Kundra - City of Chicago Transit Infrastructure<br />Kyle Brunel - San Francisco Regional Transit Infrastructure <br />LEARNING OBJECTIVES<br />Illustrate how a project can make use of any alternative local or regional transportation strategies.<br />Understand how design can promote regional and community identity and an appropriate sense of place<br />Understand the regional transit infrastructure in four diverse cities across the country<br />GreenBags 2010<br />March 9, 2010<br />2<br />
    3. 3. March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />3<br />Urban Land Institute’s, Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change:<br /><ul><li>Neighborhoods that weave together alternatives to the car can reduce transportation-related greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 percent on average</li></ul>Brookland<br />
    4. 4. Brookland/CUA Metro Station Small Area Plan<br />Small Area Plans supplement the Comprehensive Plan<br />Allow citizens shape future development in their neighborhoods<br />Shape critical capital budget decisions<br />Are approved by the Council as legislation<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />4<br />
    5. 5. A Framework for Future Development<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />5<br />Final framework plan the result of an 18-month long planning process to guide growth around the Brookland/CUA Metro Station<br />DC Comprehensive Plan:<br /> “…guide future redevelopment in the station vicinity in a manner that respects the low density scale of the nearby residential area, mitigates parking and traffic impacts, and improves connections to nearby institutions and shopping areas.”<br />
    6. 6. Creating a Sense of Community<br />Guiding Principles to shape development within a 5-minute walk from metro station<br />Principles:<br />Land Use and Neighborhood Character<br />Economic Development & Neighborhood Amenities<br />Transportation, Walkability and Connectivity<br />Open Space and Environment Guiding Principles<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />6<br />
    7. 7. Bridging the Gap – Feasibility?<br />Decking Feasibility Study<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />7<br />
    8. 8. March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />8<br />
    9. 9. Placemaking in Brookland<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />9<br />Mixed-used Development surrounding Civic Space<br /><ul><li> Community-serving retail with residential above
    10. 10. Civic space - plaza along Newton Street for cultural activities, community gathering and Farmers Market
    11. 11. Green space and community building at Brooks Mansion </li></ul>Green Civic Plaza <br />Residentialabove retail<br />Brooks Mansion as <br />Community Building <br />Farmer’s Market in the Plaza<br />
    12. 12. Transportation in Brookland – Multiple Modes<br />City’s Transportation Goals:<br />Improve efficiency and integration of the existing transportation system.<br />Expand use of Alternative Modes (transit, walking, bicycle, rideshare).<br />Increase connectivity.<br />Promote Transportation Demand Management Programs.<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />10<br />
    13. 13. Improving Automobile & Transit Trips<br />Improve Vehicular Mobility and Safety<br />New signals.<br />Optimizing timing of existing signals.<br />All-way stop control.<br />Major geometric improvements based on engineering design studies, etc.<br />Traffic calming.<br />Make Transit More Convenient and Safe<br />New bus shelters and seating.<br />Bus route information.<br />Bus stop bump-outs.<br />Safer and more efficient pedestrian access to buses at Metro station.<br />Increased service.<br />Improved shuttle waiting area.<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />11<br />
    14. 14. …And Don’t Forget the Pedestrian<br />Increase Safety and Quality of Pedestrian Experience<br />Additional walk signals.<br />Additional pedestrian count-down signals.<br />Street lighting and sidewalk tree canopy.<br />ADA curb-ramps.<br />Enhanced sidewalks, sidewalk bump-outs, crosswalks, medians, etc.<br />Other traffic calming measures.<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />12<br />
    15. 15. The Future of Brookland is in the Works<br />March 9, 2010<br />GreenBags 2010<br />13<br />Current development proposals in the area are following the guidelines set forth by the master plan<br />The neighborhood could grow as a model TOD community as transit projects increase in the DC region with the advent of the Silver Line, Purple Line and DC Streetcar<br />
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