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GR Forward April Public Forum

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GR Forward April Public Forum

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GR Forward April Public Forum

  1. 1. AND THE RIVER CORRIDOR? Public Forum: 4.16.15
  2. 2. WHAT IS A VISION? A VISION STATEMENT describes a potential future. It is aspirational and provides guidance in taking steps to achieve the outcome you want. GOALS (we talked about these last time) are statements designed to help achieve the vision. They should provide a framework for organizing strategies. STRATEGIES are the specific actions that will fulfill your goals and the vision. The GR Forward strategies must describe what should be done, where, when and how (funding and partners).
  3. 3. GRAND RIVER RAPIDS RESTORATION
  4. 4. CONCEPT PLAN (upper reach)
  5. 5. CONCEPT PLAN (lower reach)
  6. 6. RAPIDS RESTORATION PROJECT GOALS • Restore the rapids to the Grand River for everyone, with enhanced access and recreational opportunities • Improve habitat and connectivity, water quality, riparian functions and aesthetics • Create economic opportunities, enhance underserved communities and instill stewardship ethic
  7. 7. THIS IS THE BREAKDOWN AFTER NEGOTIATIONS…
  8. 8. PROGRAM THIS IS HOW WE CAN DISTRIBUTE THEM
  9. 9. PROGRAM EACH PARK CAN HAVE AN IDENTITY
  10. 10. KEY CONSTRAINTS oFlood protection oI-196 oPost office switchback oCost to relocate Post Office oScale of the site oView shed from Trowbridge Street and nearby uses oExisting electrical substation
  11. 11. FLOOD PARK PRECEDENTS BISHAN PARK - SINGAPORE YARDS PARK – WASHINGTON, DC
  12. 12. STRATEGY POTENTIAL GREEN CORRIDORS
  13. 13. IMPROVE GATEWAYS – MAKE A STATEMENT IDEAS:> Improve underpasses – Create Gateways > Humanize 131
  14. 14. EAST - WEST PROPOSED HEALTHY PEOPLE – HEALTHY BUSINESS STREET BRIDGE STREET AT SEWARD AVE FACING EAST EXISTING
  15. 15. GATEWAYS BRIDGE STREET UNDER US-131 – EXISTING
  16. 16. GATEWAYS BRIDGE STREET – THE BUSINESS/HEALTH STREET
  17. 17. BANDWIDTH EXISTING CONDITIONS
  18. 18. NO TRAIL EXISTING CONDITION
  19. 19. TRAIL TYPE XLEAST COST UPGRADE EXISTING TRAIL
  20. 20. TRAIL TYPE XLEAST COST UPGRADE EXISTING TRAIL
  21. 21. TRAIL TYPE 1MINIMUM COST WITHIN SITE ON EASEMENT (ON GRADE)
  22. 22. TRAIL TYPE 2MEDIUM COST – CANTILEVER
  23. 23. TRAIL TYPE 3HIGH COST – ON STRUCTURE
  24. 24. TRAIL TYPE 4MAXIMUM COST – LAND ACQUISITION PROGRAM AND REDEVELOP
  25. 25. TRAIL TYPES OPTION 1
  26. 26. Rental & For-Sale Lofts/Apartments Downtown can support approximately 2,000 new housing units over the next 5-7 years. Units like: For-Sale Townhouses For-Sale Urban Houses both reuse of existing building and new ones
  27. 27. KEY CONSTRAINTS oFlood protection oExisting sewer lines oCost to relocate / demolish existing uses oView corridors from nearby streets oExisting 131 off ramp oNearby uses and look of Market Street
  28. 28. GREEN LIVING ROOMPRECEDENTS BRYANT PARK – NEW YORK, NY MILLENIUM PARK – CHICAGO, IL
  29. 29. GOAL 3:
  30. 30. Support a car-lite lifestyle Bike SHARE Car SHARE Technology Accessibility & improvements for all users Pedestrian enhancements
  31. 31. NORTH - SOUTH IONIA + DIVISON – EXISTING FACING NORTH
  32. 32. NORTH - SOUTH IONIA + DIVISON – PROPOSED FACING NORTH
  33. 33. MANAGE TODAY AND TOMORROW’S PARKING DEMAND/SUPPLY IDEAS:
  34. 34. GOAL 4:
  35. 35. > Identify opportunities for inexpensive, flexible work space close to downtown > Protect suitable existing and potential work space from conversion to other uses: Potential Production Development and Space Modernization fund IDEAS: space
  36. 36. Map of opportunity areas coming soon
  37. 37. IDEAS: programs > Create university apprenticeships / co-ops > Leverage/expand programs to address the trailing spouse issue – tailor for small businesses > Targeted Recruitment Strategy for Relocation to Downtown
  38. 38. IDEAS: Temporary Programming > Parklet s > Outdoor dining / food truck rally, etc
  39. 39. STRATEGY: > Create active / healthy landscape for Calder Plaza, government center, medical mile Section of Michigan? Drawing showing trail and programming in Calder? Rendering / diagram showing trail coming down to Monroe?
  40. 40. WHAT IF…
  41. 41. STRATEGY:
  42. 42. STRATEGY:
  43. 43. STRATEGY:
  44. 44. NEXT STEPS: > Refine the ideas: edit / add / change > Implementation: identify priorities & funding > Draft Plan: May / June
  45. 45. YOUR TURN TO TALK:
  46. 46. THANK YOU!

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