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

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

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  • Final Report Highlights
  • Introductions
  • 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
  • Focus on Core “Heart” • Prioritize public investment Washington in this area 1st Adams • Build critical Monroe mass that will spread 5th 6th
  • Focus on Core “Heart”• Future downtown growth should move toward Medical District• Retail on Carpenter should complement downtown residential (not retail) Washington Adams Monroe
  • Downtown Housing • Focus on “pioneers”– early adopters who want an edgier, less traditional lifestyle • Parking solutions for residents
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visitor Experience • Develop The Springfield Way to link heritage corridors as a loop around downtown
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sustainability • Add a new park in each of the four corners of the study area • Bring back skating rink in winter • Construct running circuit
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Q&A
  • Final Report Highlights