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  • Today April 21, 2014 there is a public hearing to discuss The Big Spring, Texas-Master Plan. I will not be able to attend; however as part of my vision for the Future of Big Spring I wanted to briefly point-out 4 areas:

    1. I would argue for a ' Tax-Free-Zone ' for the Big Spring Down-Town area. This would encourage business to expand and revitalize the down-town area. The Citizens of Big Spring, Texas can not allow the Down-Down Area to deteriorate any longer and must not allow it to die. For Example: Towns as close as Lamesa, Texas fail to pay attention to 'future and to planning' and so the down-town is practically dead. Property value in the Big Spring Down-Town area should be encouraged to increase. It must be made as attractive as possible to attract other business.

    2. Water is always a concern and should be top priority. I would argue for a Comprehensive Plan to bring fresh-water to Big Spring or a Water-Re-cycling-Plant.

    3. The whole concept of 'Re-Cycling' should be included into the Master-Plan. The City should set-up Re-Cycling-Centers in certain strategic-parts of Big Spring for re-cycling purposes.

    4. Roads and more Roads; this should be a major portion of the Big Spring Master Plan.Can't build and build and neglect the Roads!

    ***One note: Make ' The Vision for the Next 25 years' and make The Plans ' First ' ...without concerning any budgets requirement. Once the Master Plan is in Place then and only then should anyone be concern how to pay for it . Because if one begins with Budget and Money Concern in mind first...Nothing every gets done.

    sign: Carlos A. Leal ,
    Candidate for Justice of The Peace,Pct.1 Pl.2,
    Big Spring, Texas
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  • 1. Big Spring, Texas Downtown Concept Plan
    • Prepared by
    • Bender Wells Clark Design
    • with
    • Urban Development Services
  • 2. Big Spring, Texas Downtown Concept Plan
    • Goals:
      • Revitalization of Downtown
      • Preservation of existing historic resources
      • Implementation of a cohesive design theme providing:
        • A recognizable character for improvements
        • Safe connections for pedestrians
        • Adequate parking for future needs
        • Aesthetic and practical connections to development in and around the Downtown area
  • 3. Overview of Downtown
        • Downtown Big Spring has the capacity to grow its business and housing sector along with the rapidly expanding areas surrounding Downtown.
  • 4. Overview of Downtown
        • The Historic buildings in Downtown Big Spring are an important reminder of the city’s origins. As the city grows it will be important to preserve the character of Downtown as a link to the traditions of the area. It is also important, however, to insure that Downtown is able to develop economically and serve as centerpiece and a gathering place for the community.
  • 5. Overview of Downtown
        • The Settles Hotel is a well-known West Texas landmark in the heart of Downtown Big Spring. The15-story structure is being considered for development as a mixed-use commercial and residential complex.
        • Redevelopment of the Settles Hotel would have a major impact on Downtown Big Spring, economically, and as a symbol of a re-invigorated business core.
  • 6. Concept Plan Study Area
  • 7. Existing Conditions
    • Grid street pattern
    • Railroad at North edge
    • Commercial Land use with surrounding residential and institutional uses
  • 8. Existing Conditions
    • Two-way Local Streets serve the commercial core
    • 3 rd Street and 4 th Street are One-Way Arterial Streets (Business Interstate 20) designed to move traffic through Downtown
  • 9. Existing Conditions
    • Local government offices at core of Downtown
  • 10. Existing Conditions
    • Commercial and Mixed-use Redevelopment
  • 11. Existing Downtown Conditions
    • Vehicular Circulation
      • Cars dominate the Downtown at present
      • Ample parking on street
      • Lack of wayfinding directing vehicles to destinations and parking
      • Wide streets
      • Major arterials are barriers to pedestrian movement
  • 12. Existing Downtown Conditions
    • Pedestrian Circulation
      • Key to generating impulse sales in a vital commercial district
      • Lack of shade
      • Obstacles to access
      • Unmarked crosswalks, wide crossings on streets
      • Lack of night lighting, benches and pedestrian amenities
    ADA Issues
  • 13. Existing Downtown Conditions
    • Pedestrian Circulation
      • Some pockets of comfortable, walkable streets are provided(Lower Main Street)
      • Continuous comfort for people walking along the street should be a goal
      • Street trees and canopies provide needed shade
  • 14. Existing Downtown Conditions
    • Historic Resources
      • Provide a key element in defining the character of Downtown Big Spring
      • An asset that should attract tourists, shoppers, businesses and residents
      • Can foster rehabilitation of buildings and support renewed economic activity
      • Can provide an attractive image
  • 15. Existing Downtown Conditions
    • Historic Resources
      • Incentives for Preservation include Design Assistance Grants, Façade Rehabilitation Grants, and Tax Abatement for Historic Building Redevelopment
  • 16. Concept Plan The Concept Plan documents include a written report, with photographs and drawings, and an Illustrative Concept Plan drawing describing the recommendations summarized here
  • 17. Concept Plan
    • The Concept Plan is designed to promote economic sustainability and quality of life in the community
        • Successful implementation will require a coordinated effort between public and private entities, including:
          • Private property owners, Downtown organizations, tenants, businesses, public officials and governmental agencies
  • 18. Concept Plan
    • Key Concepts of the Plan
      • Encourage development
      • Construct new public amenities
      • Improve sidewalks and streetscape
      • Upgrade public utilities
      • Enhance parking in a coordinated system
      • Create great places and great streets to attract people and business to Downtown
  • 19. Vision
    • Providing great places at the heart of the city is good for Big Spring
      • Brings diverse people together
      • Creates active public spaces
      • Encourages mixed-use development
      • Promotes walking
      • Supports business opportunities
      • Renews downtown neighborhoods
  • 20. Great Places
    • When you define/design your city around cars…you get more cars.
    • When you define/design your city around places…you get more people.
    “ We shape our cities, and afterwards our cities shape us” – adapted from Winston Churchill
  • 21. Measures of A Successful Downtown
    • Uses & Activities:
      • Active
      • Vital
      • Special
    Photo: Project for Public Spaces
  • 22. Measures of A Successful Downtown
    • Comfort & Image:
      • Historic
      • Attractive
      • Environmentally sensitive
    Photo: Project for Public Spaces
  • 23. Measures of A Successful Downtown
    • Access & Linkages:
      • Walkable
      • Accessible
      • Connected
    Photo: Project for Public Spaces
  • 24. Design Principles
    • Context: Connected to surroundings
    • Safety: Clear sightlines, defensible space, good lighting and people on the street
    • Accessible
    • Reduced Noise
    • Shade
    • Walkable sidewalks
    • Activities and events
  • 25. Design Principles
    • Detailing & Materials:
      • High quality, durable, local, long-lived, and non-slip surfaces
    • Spatial Variety:
      • small spaces, large spaces, and many edges
    • Good Maintenance, and
    • Good Management