Restoring the Urban Root River

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We present a case study of how Racine, Wis., a coastal city, is using its formerly industrial riverfront as a lynchpin for an ambitious revitalization project that marries the goals of economic redevelopment, environmental improvement, and bringing the public back to the water. This presentation was given by Helen Sarakinos, Policy Program Director, River Alliance of Wisconsin.

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Restoring the Urban Root River

  1. 1. Revitalizing  Racine’s   Urban  River  Corridor   Helen  Sarakinos,  River  Alliance  of  Wisconsin     Jolena  Pres?,  Vandewalle  &  Associates   History of the Root River Corridor Redevelopment Project River  Corridor   RootWorks:  Revitalizing  Racine’s  Urban  
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  26. 26. RootWorks  Partners  in  Plan  Development   RootWorks:  Revitalizing  Racine’s  Urban  River  Corridor  
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  29. 29. Building  off  of  Back  to  the  Root:   RootWorks  IniAaAve  Goals   •  •  •  Many  years  of  capacity  building  –  paddles,  events,   community  outreach   Crea?on  and  adop?on  of  the  Back  to  the  Root  Plan  by   the  Root  River  Council  and  River  Alliance  of  Wisconsin   and  City   The  RootWorks  Redevelopment  Plan  focuses  on   advancing  the  following  goals:     1.  S?mulate  economic  growth   2.  Create  a  sense  of  place   3.  Allow  public  access  and  interac?on     4.  Improve  water  quality   RootWorks:  Revitalizing  Racine’s  Urban  River  Corridor  
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  31. 31. RootWorks  OpportuniAes:   Reposi?on  cri?cal  area  in  the  heart  of  Racine   Create  jobs  and  increase  tax  base   Inspire  innova?on   Increase  access  and  create  excitement     Reconnect  to  neighborhoods     and  area  history   •  Long  term  Root  River  health  advocacy,   regional  sustainability   •  •  •  •  •  RootWorks:  Revitalizing  Racine’s  Urban  River  Corridor  
  32. 32. RootWorks  Plan  Development  Process   •  Plan  Development  Timeline:  September  2011  to  July   2012,  Implementa?on  began  November  2012       •  Plan  Led  by  Technical  Team:  Root  River  Council,     River  Alliance  of  WI,  Racine  County  EDC,  City  of  Racine     •  Vandewalle  &  Associates,  Urban  Planning,   Redevelopment  and  Urban  Design  firm  prepared     the  plan  document  in  coordina?on  with     the  Technical  Team   •  Extensive  public  outreach  and  engagement  –  5  public   mee?ngs,  over  100  aendees,  stakeholder  interviews   with  property  owners,  residents,  organiza?ons,   community  supported  crea?on  and  Plan  adop?on     RootWorks:  Revitalizing  Racine’s  Urban  River  Corridor    
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  37. 37. ImplementaAon  of  the  RootWorks  project  is   Amely  because  the  team  is  working  to:   1.  Eliminate physical, environmental and economic blight in the heart of Racine–increasing tax base and value in the community 2.  Reverse the trend of underutilization of properties and public areas in the area 3.  Increase public connectivity to the River 4.  Reduce negative land and water quality impacts from existing brownfields, stormwater runoff, invasive species, and bluff and streambank erosion 5.  Overcome negative perceptions about the corridor and River RootWorks:  Revitalizing  Racine’s  Urban  River  Corridor  
  38. 38. ImplementaAon  Partners  &   Project  Management  Team   SC  Johnson:     Ma  Wagner,  President  Johnson   Redevelopment  Corp.     Case  New  Holland  (CNH)      George  Whitaker,  Govt  Affairs     Root  River  Council     Ben  Lehner       Vandewalle  &  Associates:       Brian  Vandewalle,  President   Jolena  Pres?,  Principal       RootWorks:  Revitalizing  Racine’s  Urban  River  Corridor   City  of  Racine:     Mayor  John  Dickert   Tom  Friedel,    City  Administrator   Ma  Sadowski,  Planning     State  RepresentaAve  Cory  Mason     Racine  County  Economic  Development  Corp:     Gordy  Kacala,  Execu?ve  Director   Karen  Frost,  Marke?ng  &  Redevelopment   Specialist     Racine  County:     County  Execu?ve  Jim  Ladwig   Julie  Anderson,  Racine  County  Public  Works  &   Development  Services  
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