Sdat final report presentation

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A final report presented by a Springfield Sustainable design Assessment Team during an event on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

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Sdat final report presentation

  1. 1. Final Report Highlights
  2. 2. Introductions
  3. 3. Focus on Core “Heart”• Our downtown is very large• Result: very few blocks are completely filled out with buildings• Easily walkable but huge gaps along the way (parking lots, etc.)• At 250 ft (25-story building), zoning is too tall and encourages false sense of capacity
  4. 4. Focus on Core “Heart” • Prioritize public investment Washington in this area 1st Adams • Build critical Monroe mass that will spread 5th 6th
  5. 5. Focus on Core “Heart”• Future downtown growth should move toward Medical District• Retail on Carpenter should complement downtown residential (not retail) Washington Adams Monroe
  6. 6. Downtown Housing • Focus on “pioneers”– early adopters who want an edgier, less traditional lifestyle • Parking solutions for residents
  7. 7. Downtown Housing• Consider upscale and affordable housing projects• Seek out developers who specialize in publicly financed housing• Tackle difficult buildings with 501(c)3• Develop design guidelines for urban housing
  8. 8. Downtown Housing• Goal: 342 units by 2022• Subsidies should = 42.44% of project cost• The upper floors of existing buildings within the core offer enough space to meet the growth projections
  9. 9. The Downtown Lifestyle • Unique • Community-building • Expand on food themes • More vibrant streets like 6th between Adams and Monroe • Even more trees and green spaces
  10. 10. Even More Pedestrian-Friendly • Eliminate blank wall facades • Storefronts provide connection between outside/inside • Autos should be hidden in back • Can’t be too many places to sit
  11. 11. Visitor Experience • Develop The Springfield Way to link heritage corridors as a loop around downtown
  12. 12. Transportation• Downtown drivers must be slowed down• Parking is actually very convenient but the perception is it’s not• Pedestrian crossings are generally too wide• Sidewalk experience is inconsistent
  13. 13. Transportation• Give care and attention to 11th Street Corridor• Prioritize repaving where it meets multiple goals• Create a separate set of policies for downtown to encourage pedestrian lifestyle• Reconsider the one-way grid• Apply road diets• Seek more funding
  14. 14. Sustainability• Change zoning and policies to support walkability• Add requirements for water and energy conservation• Reusing existing buildings is the most sustainable building practice• Add additional food sources• Add a community garden
  15. 15. Sustainability • Add a new park in each of the four corners of the study area • Bring back skating rink in winter • Construct running circuit
  16. 16. Market Potential• More retail activity needed to support residential• Dinner hour, apparel and related retail options are limited• Void of national tenants• BUT high level of visitor and workforce- related economic potential
  17. 17. Market Potential• Develop merchandising plan for potential uses at block level• Develop a recruitment effort with national and credit worth tenants• Create pop-up businesses and events targeted to Sunday evenings• Springfield’s substantial inventory of assets at low acquisition cost can be quickly activated
  18. 18. Branding Downtown• Restore relevancy• Attract millennials• Modernize our brand• Develop “Share” programs – bike, car, apartment, designer clothing• Embrace the emotional experience of downtown• Pay attention to the words we choose
  19. 19. Keys to Success• Overcome local cynicism• Beyond State Capitol or Lincoln – what is our modern image?• Revitalization is a process• Leverage all of our assets fully• Every sector of our community should be involved• Civic action gets results
  20. 20. Mayor’s Action Committee• Connect the dots – Keep track of which organization is taking the lead on which issue – Leverage strengths – Pinpoint gaps – Build consensus – Serve as a resource – Serve as neutral territory
  21. 21. Q&A
  22. 22. Final Report Highlights

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