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Corpus Christi, Texas
Regional/Urban Design
Assistance Team (R/UDAT)
2
Introduction
R/UDAT Team
• Cheryl Morgan, FAIA, Team Leader
• Victor Salemann, PE, Transportation
• Richard Roark, RLA, ASLA, Landscape...
Community Process
Partnership – THANK YOU!
6
Transportation
Planning
• Refine the travel demand model to more accurately
represent the SEA District/Downtown special generators
and lo...
Bridge Design
• Support the current bridge configuration
Roadway Design
• Reevaluate the current interchange
configuration and improve access and
connections to and from the SEA
D...
Roadway Design
• Enhance the character and condition of Surfside Boulevard to make the longer trip to
the Beach, The Lexin...
Transit
• Plan for increased operational costs
and travel times.
• Actively participate in the final design
of the New Har...
Heavy Rail
• Support increased use of
the rail loop and implement
enhanced rail crossing
surface treatments and
signals/cr...
The Key Question…
Where does Interstate 37 end and the SEA
District/Downtown begin?
•Answering this question addresses the...
The Big Picture
CONCEPTS
• Capture the potential of the bridge relocation:
– for a new sense of arrival into the heart of Corpus
– for new...
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Landscape
Survey
CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
THE SHAPE OF THE LAND
LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION and PUBLIC ART
LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION and PUBLIC ART
NATURAL ASSETS & ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION and PUBLIC ART
NATURAL ASSETS & ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
DOWNTOWN COOL CONNECTORS
NEW LIVES FOR OLD SITES
NEW LIVES FOR OLD SITES
NEW LIVES FOR OLD SITES
NEW LIVES FOR OLD SITES
Connections &
Recreation
RIGHT NOW:
Cowboy & Cowgirl Bike Ride
Build Experimental Bikes
Ride as a Beach Culture
Or Try On Another Time Altogether
FUTURE:
Shut Down & Open Up
North
S.E.A. DISTRICT STREET & SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS
Partial Scan of rve Site Plan
EXHIBITD
The $199 Traffic Counter
Promotional Organizations in Downtown Corpus Christi and the SEA District
Organization Funding Sources Audience Verb Notes...
Community Events That Define Place 2014–2015
EVERY WEEK
Monday Night Uptown, Dowtown, All Around Group Run 20 - 30 Runners...
RIGHT NOW:
Chalk This Way
FUTURE:
City-Defining Canvas
Inspired by American History
Scaling Up Our Strengths
Making City Fabric Beautiful
Making Industrial Fabric Beautiful
Strategic
Implementation
Significant growth in Corpus Christi can be captured in
the Downtown, SEA District, & North Beach Area
Job Node* Populatio...
Money left on the table
Benchmark Retail Metrics
Weave Together Individual Local and Regional
Attractions can move Corpus Christi to the next level
• Improve coordination ...
Mixed Use development in the study area can be a new
focal point for growth in the District similar to
American Tobacco Co...
Mixed Use development in the study area can be a new
focal point for growth in the District similar to
American Tobacco Co...
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Conclusion
A Defining Opportunity
When the Harbor Bridge was constructed, it
defined the area’s physical character for over
50 years....
Most Communities Today
The Snowball Effect
“a figurative term for a process that starts
from an initial state of small significance
and builds up...
“You gave us hope. Back in 1992, your ideas seemed
like dreams. Now we are living those dreams.”
– Rick Smith, San Angelo ...
CASE STUDY:
Port Angeles, Washington (17K)
2009 Project
Port Angeles, WA 2009 Project: 2 months later, 43
buildings repainted with volunteers and donated paint,
led to a façade i...
Today: Millions in New Investments
Transforming Downtown
Public Prioritization
Paint 43 Buildings
Façade Improvement
Wayfinding
Waterfront Esplanade
Major new anchors downtown
Pen...
Snowball Effect: $100+ million
Leveraging Investment for
Placemaking
Waterfront: from Process to
Masterplan to…
Realizing their aspirations
Award-winning design
Bringing People Back to
the Waterfront
Creating an Attractive
Sense of Place
And, it keeps going
CASE STUDY:
Newport, Vermont (5K
Population)
2009 R/UDAT Project
Newport - 2009
• Last town in state to receive downtown
designation
• double-digit unemployment
• Isolated in the ‘Northea...
Community Garden
Wayfinding
Downtown Cleanup
Foreign Trade Zone
Regional Tasting Center
Waterfront Resort
Downtown Block C...
Newport – 2011 (“2-yr Snowball”)
• $250 million in new investment
• 2,000 new jobs coming online
• “The biggest change her...
Corpus Christi has HUGE civic capacity
• You already know how to
collaborate cross-sector
successfully
• You already have ...
Questions?
• 100-page report is online @
www.aia.org/liv_rudat_list
or google “AIA R/UDAT Communities”
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge
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The community presentation from the volunteer national team of the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) program to Corpus Christi, TX concerning the bridge re-alignment project, Harbor Bridge, and the future of the waterfront and surrounding areas.

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  • The city also moved forward with substantial public investment in its waterfront, which had a dramatic impact in inspiring new partnerships and private investment. Three years later, the city had over $75 million in planned and completed investments and had turned the corner by producing huge civic momentum across the community. In June 2012, Port Angeles was recognized with a state design award for its waterfront master plan.
    “The City of Port Angeles SDAT experience was far more than just a planning exercise. This opportunity for our community was a catalyst for action, implementation and improvement. Three years after the SDAT team arrived, the progress and excitement continue. A primary outcome has been that the process awakened community pride and inspired a “together we can” attitude. Today the inspiration remains and the elements and recommendations of the program continue to be the driver for publicly endorsed capital projects and investments in our community. More importantly this sustainable approach has tapped into the core values and priorities of our citizens to ensure a better and more balanced future for our City.”
  • Corpus Christi, TX R/UDAT Project: The Harbor Bridge

    1. 1. 1 Corpus Christi, Texas Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT)
    2. 2. 2 Introduction
    3. 3. R/UDAT Team • Cheryl Morgan, FAIA, Team Leader • Victor Salemann, PE, Transportation • Richard Roark, RLA, ASLA, Landscape • Lindsay Kinkade, Graphic Design/Connections • Judy Taylor, Economic Analysis
    4. 4. Community Process
    5. 5. Partnership – THANK YOU!
    6. 6. 6 Transportation
    7. 7. Planning • Refine the travel demand model to more accurately represent the SEA District/Downtown special generators and longer range or build-out land use in the SEA District/Downtown. • Use these refined traffic forecasts for final design decisions. • Recognize the local vs. regional travel demand patterns in the final design of the New Harbor Bridge connections. • Reevaluate the functional classifications of roadways in the project study area
    8. 8. Bridge Design • Support the current bridge configuration
    9. 9. Roadway Design • Reevaluate the current interchange configuration and improve access and connections to and from the SEA District/Downtown.
    10. 10. Roadway Design • Enhance the character and condition of Surfside Boulevard to make the longer trip to the Beach, The Lexington, or the Texas State Aquarium unnoticeable, as the Boulevard itself becomes the Gateway to North Beach. • Utilize already existing alternative routes that may be slightly longer in distance or travel time (Google even shows them as options today) yet could be even faster alternatives to Interstate 37 during peak events. These routes include: – E. Port Avenue – The Agnes Street/ Laredo Street Couplet to North Chaparral and Water Street. – Power Street (The extension of Fitzgerald Street to North Staples Street • Consider lower speed designs for the termination of Interstate 37 and the current existing city arterials.
    11. 11. Transit • Plan for increased operational costs and travel times. • Actively participate in the final design of the New Harbor Bridge 181/Crosstown Highway/Interstate 37 interchange • Investigate additional landings and ferry capacity to support multiple stops along the waterfront and more frequent service across the channel.
    12. 12. Heavy Rail • Support increased use of the rail loop and implement enhanced rail crossing surface treatments and signals/crossing controls to safely manage automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian crossings.
    13. 13. The Key Question… Where does Interstate 37 end and the SEA District/Downtown begin? •Answering this question addresses the following: – Limited access freeway of city arterial – 60 mph or 30 mph – At grade intersections or bridges – Walkable or restricted – A barrier or a connection
    14. 14. The Big Picture
    15. 15. CONCEPTS • Capture the potential of the bridge relocation: – for a new sense of arrival into the heart of Corpus – for newly available development parcels – for reduced barriers between areas in and adjacent to downtown • Create Connectivity between destination activities and venues • Create a stronger mix of uses and density that contribute to the potential for vitality throughout the day and throughout the week • Create a walk-able environment with places to come together and spend time in the public realm
    16. 16. 35 Landscape Survey
    17. 17. CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
    18. 18. CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
    19. 19. CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
    20. 20. CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
    21. 21. CLIMATE BASED DESIGN
    22. 22. THE SHAPE OF THE LAND
    23. 23. LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION and PUBLIC ART
    24. 24. LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION and PUBLIC ART
    25. 25. NATURAL ASSETS & ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
    26. 26. LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION and PUBLIC ART
    27. 27. NATURAL ASSETS & ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
    28. 28. DOWNTOWN COOL CONNECTORS
    29. 29. NEW LIVES FOR OLD SITES
    30. 30. NEW LIVES FOR OLD SITES
    31. 31. NEW LIVES FOR OLD SITES
    32. 32. NEW LIVES FOR OLD SITES
    33. 33. Connections & Recreation
    34. 34. RIGHT NOW: Cowboy & Cowgirl Bike Ride
    35. 35. Build Experimental Bikes
    36. 36. Ride as a Beach Culture
    37. 37. Or Try On Another Time Altogether
    38. 38. FUTURE: Shut Down & Open Up
    39. 39. North S.E.A. DISTRICT STREET & SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS Partial Scan of rve Site Plan EXHIBITD
    40. 40. The $199 Traffic Counter
    41. 41. Promotional Organizations in Downtown Corpus Christi and the SEA District Organization Funding Sources Audience Verb Notes Local community interest groups Events, local fundraisers, local and national grants Local community ORGANIZE around community interests and ADVOCATE on behalf of the community Local community members Events, Kickstarter PARTICIPATE in local events SEA District Membership Public Families Mostly local reach PROMOTE an experience district 501c3?, started by Durrill http://seadistrictcc.co m/ Chambers of Commerce (CC, Hispanic CC, Black CC) Membership Fundraisers Local businesses of many sizes DEVELOP leadership FOSTER growth ADVOCATE for business http://www.corpuschris tichamber.org/ https://sites.google.co m/a/blackchambercc.o rg/home/ CVB Hotel Motel Tax Meeting Planners Conventions Out­of­town visitors PROMOTE tourism and business related visits http://visitcorpuschristit x.org/ CCFirst City $ DMD $ Visitors? PROMOTE social investments for residents PROMOTE creative experience for visitors http://corpuschristi1st. com/ DMD TIF $ Membership Specific area ­ live/work/visit ENCOURAGE redevelopment http://cctexasdmd.com / EDC Local $ County $ Out­of­City businesses Out­of­State businesses RECRUIT and PROMOTE Investment http://www.ccredc.com / City of Corpus Christi Taxes Citizens Businesses Visitors DELIVER municipal services SUSTAIN and IMPROVE welfare, health, and quality of life of residents http://www.cctexas.co m/index Table information compiled from local interviews Compiled by Austin Jurica
    42. 42. Community Events That Define Place 2014–2015 EVERY WEEK Monday Night Uptown, Dowtown, All Around Group Run 20 - 30 Runners Wednesday Night Beer Can Sailboat Races 12 - 15 Boats Wednesday Night Hammerfest Bike Ride 10 - 30 Riders Saturday Morning Group Bike Ride 20 - 40 Riders EVERY MONTH ArtWalk First Friday of the month MusicWalk First Saturday of the month Harbor BridgeWalk First Sunday of the month Fitness Sunday First Sunday of the month ANNUAL EVENTS January 1, 2015 New Year’s Day Swim January 3, 2015 American Bank Half Marathon 150 Runners January 20, 2014 Food and Wine Classic 200-250 Connoisseurs February 7, 2015 Rise and Shine 5K 400 Runners/Walkers February 15, 2014 Navy Half Marathon February 16, 2014 Corpus Christi Boat Show February 19, 20, 21, 22, 2015 Celebration of Whooping Cranes in Port Aransas March 5-8, 2014 Fulton Oyster Fest March 7, 2015 Whooping Crane Strut in Rockport March 27-29, 2015 Festival of the Arts April 11, 2015 Coastal Bend Tour de Cure ~ 500 Riders April 16–May 2, 2015 Buccaneer Days (Rodeo, Carnival, Parade) 258,000 People April 24, 25,26, 2015 Texas Sandfest–Sand Sculpture Festival May 16, 2015 Beach-to-Bay 16,000 Runners
    43. 43. RIGHT NOW: Chalk This Way
    44. 44. FUTURE: City-Defining Canvas
    45. 45. Inspired by American History
    46. 46. Scaling Up Our Strengths
    47. 47. Making City Fabric Beautiful
    48. 48. Making Industrial Fabric Beautiful
    49. 49. Strategic Implementation
    50. 50. Significant growth in Corpus Christi can be captured in the Downtown, SEA District, & North Beach Area Job Node* Population Jobs Downtown Los Angeles 71.9% 45.9% Downtown Chicago 95.6% 10.5% Downtown Dallas 94.8% 5.1% Downtown San Diego 65.6% 1.7% Downtown San Antonio 1.9% -0.8% *Job Node geographies are defined using Census Tracts. Percent Change ( 2000 - 2010) • Why are people moving to downtowns? – Walkability – Amenities - Cultural, shopping – Urban Activity /Social connectedness – Authenticity
    51. 51. Money left on the table Benchmark Retail Metrics
    52. 52. Weave Together Individual Local and Regional Attractions can move Corpus Christi to the next level • Improve coordination and marketing between SEA District and Downtown. • Recommend creating a retail, dining, and entertainment corridor to better connect individual attractions and provide amenities
    53. 53. Mixed Use development in the study area can be a new focal point for growth in the District similar to American Tobacco Complex in Durham, North Carolina • 2004 Redevelopment of the American Tobacco Complex in Durham, NC jump started Downtown revitalization • City and County provided a $43 million parking structure • Developer received $40 million in permanent New Market Tax Credit loans
    54. 54. Mixed Use development in the study area can be a new focal point for growth in the District similar to American Tobacco Complex in Durham, North Carolina •Average property sales prices increased by 115% from the period between 2002 to 2004 and 2005 to 2007. •Currently 11 residential projects in Downtown Durham, with over $530 M in investment American Tobacco Complex Durham Athletic Park Convention Center Center for the Performing Arts Golden Belt Historical Durham Athletic Park
    55. 55. 83 Conclusion
    56. 56. A Defining Opportunity When the Harbor Bridge was constructed, it defined the area’s physical character for over 50 years. Removing the bridge provides nothing short of an opportunity to re-define this area for at least a half-century to come.
    57. 57. Most Communities Today
    58. 58. The Snowball Effect “a figurative term for a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger and faster at every stage” Applied to a community, this is a transformational principle…
    59. 59. “You gave us hope. Back in 1992, your ideas seemed like dreams. Now we are living those dreams.” – Rick Smith, San Angelo Times-Standard, 2012
    60. 60. CASE STUDY: Port Angeles, Washington (17K) 2009 Project
    61. 61. Port Angeles, WA 2009 Project: 2 months later, 43 buildings repainted with volunteers and donated paint, led to a façade improvement program, then private $
    62. 62. Today: Millions in New Investments
    63. 63. Transforming Downtown
    64. 64. Public Prioritization Paint 43 Buildings Façade Improvement Wayfinding Waterfront Esplanade Major new anchors downtown Peninsula Campus Expansion Downtown Health Clinic New Transit Center Bike/Ped Facilities New small businesses Ferry Terminal Renovation Renovated shopping/restaurants at adjacent block First 3 months-1 year 1-2.5 years 4-5 years
    65. 65. Snowball Effect: $100+ million Leveraging Investment for Placemaking
    66. 66. Waterfront: from Process to Masterplan to…
    67. 67. Realizing their aspirations
    68. 68. Award-winning design
    69. 69. Bringing People Back to the Waterfront
    70. 70. Creating an Attractive Sense of Place
    71. 71. And, it keeps going
    72. 72. CASE STUDY: Newport, Vermont (5K Population) 2009 R/UDAT Project
    73. 73. Newport - 2009 • Last town in state to receive downtown designation • double-digit unemployment • Isolated in the ‘Northeast Kingdom’ • Citizen: “I’ve seen Newport come, and I’ve seen it go”
    74. 74. Community Garden Wayfinding Downtown Cleanup Foreign Trade Zone Regional Tasting Center Waterfront Resort Downtown Block Construction Biotech companies Major Private Investment Community Farm Program Form-based Code Tax Stabilization Program Bike/Ped Improvements New Restaurants sourcing from community garden Taste of the Town event
    75. 75. Newport – 2011 (“2-yr Snowball”) • $250 million in new investment • 2,000 new jobs coming online • “The biggest change here has been one of attitude. Now we realize that through partnerships, we can do anything. Now, nothing is impossible.”
    76. 76. Corpus Christi has HUGE civic capacity • You already know how to collaborate cross-sector successfully • You already have billions of dollars in new investment coming • You have the capacity to create whatever physical character and community you aspire to have. • You are a TEXAS city – be bold and carry forth that tradition!
    77. 77. Questions? • 100-page report is online @ www.aia.org/liv_rudat_list or google “AIA R/UDAT Communities”

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