Revitalizing Retail Corridors, Presentation 1


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Presentation by Paul Hubbman, Planner, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

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Revitalizing Retail Corridors, Presentation 1

  1. 1. Our charge is to maintain a long range transportation plan for the region, evaluate / prioritize requested projects based on consistency with the plan and funding sources, and align federal funding accordingly.
  2. 2. “ To design a street according to its probable use is a reasonable but uncommon practice.” - City of St. Louis Plan (1917)
  3. 3. Livability principles in St. Louis Integrating them into business as usual <ul><li>Specific Programs (ie: Great Streets) </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation Criteria for project ranking </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent with federal programs / funding </li></ul>
  4. 4. Under way at the street scale , Planned at the corridor scale , Being defined at regional scale Livability principles in St. Louis
  5. 5. The Street Scale The Loop Trolley – Consistent with federal funding program Great Streets Initiative – Regional program / federal funding Livability principles in St. Louis South Grand – Dense urban mixed use district Labadie – Rural hamlet main street Natural Bridge – Suburban aging arterial roadway
  6. 9. DeBaliviere looking north at Waterman Trolley in middle due to utility constraints 3 Lanes for Cars Greenway on east side New Parking Lane Ped Realm to Remain
  7. 10. <ul><li>Total Area = 184,000 SF </li></ul><ul><li>Parking = 1,242 (includes 500 spaces - 5 floor garage & 585 spaces in basement) </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial / Retail = 200,000 SF (150,000 SF/ 50,000 SF) </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Office = 155,000 SF </li></ul><ul><li>Residential = 270,000 SF (180 Units; 1,500 SF each) </li></ul>Assuming 3 parking spaces /1000 SF- Commercial ; 1 parking space/ unit- Residential
  8. 13. Great Streets: <ul><li>Are representative of their places (context sensitive) </li></ul><ul><li>Allow people to walk comfortably and safely </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to economic vitality of the area </li></ul><ul><li>Are functionally complete (accommodate all modes) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide mobility (balance travel, local circulation, and access) </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate place making (identity, space, art, activity) </li></ul><ul><li>Are green (ecological best practices & attractive spaces) </li></ul>
  9. 14. Great Streets Emphasize: <ul><li>The Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary consultant team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive local knowledge (community engagement) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best Practices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Product </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepared Local Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools for Implementation </li></ul></ul>
  10. 15. The principles apply to a variety of development types, land use patterns, and road designations.
  11. 16. South Grand <ul><li>Existing Conditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Crowded & deteriorated sidewalks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excess roadway capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aging amenities / lighting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stressed planted areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wider walks / dining space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roadway – diet, slower speed & bike lanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved pedestrian crossings / amenities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated ecological elements </li></ul></ul>
  12. 17. South Grand
  13. 18. Labadie <ul><li>Existing Conditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expansive pavement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undefined pedestrian realm / no amenities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growing commercial district </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to market as a district </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced pavement / added green space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear vehicular, bike, and ped ways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Added amenity / pedestrian priority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cohesive aesthetic and identity </li></ul></ul>
  14. 19. Natural Bridge <ul><li>Existing Conditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Excess Capacity – high design speed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inadequate access to transit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Node” site stifled by intersection layout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy institutions / struggling commercial </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Road diet – bike / ped ways along corridor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved site access management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconfigured intersection at “Node” site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TOD site integrates station into corridor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Green” storm water infrastructure </li></ul></ul>
  15. 20. The Corridor Scale Great Streets Initiative – Regional program / federal funding Livability principles in St. Louis Manchester Rd. – 7+ miles of suburban major arterial including 5 municipalities and obsolete commercial land use patterns
  16. 21. Manchester <ul><li>Existing Conditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aging / excess commercial land use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No substantive pedestrian / bike facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 cities historically competing with each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High level of traffic congestion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Pulse nodal” town center pattern </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mix of uses – reduced parking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated ped / bike / transit facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive access management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wayfinding / signage program </li></ul></ul>
  17. 22. The Regional Scale Regional Plan for Sustainable Communities Livability principles in St. Louis <ul><li>A federal planning grant – Unprecedented HUD, EPA, & DOT collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Intended to coordinate appropriate existing efforts with newly identified needs in order to increase impact, broaden input, and reinforce regional priorities. </li></ul><ul><li>Requires collaboration of multiple planning, governmental, and service entities. </li></ul><ul><li>3 year timeframe </li></ul>
  18. 23. 4 th highest award, nationwide 225 applicants 45 awards Regional Plan for Sustainable Communities
  19. 24. Our Application – in General <ul><ul><ul><li>Develop “community planning areas” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Based on transportation corridors, job clusters and commuting patterns </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subregional plans to be consistent with regional plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Robust public engagement, with input from citizens and local officials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supported by research and data </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 25. The application set forth a governance plan Eleven co-applicants Twenty-three supporters
  21. 26. <ul><li>Integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic competitiveness and revitalization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social equity, inclusion and access to opportunity, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy use and climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public health and environmental impact </li></ul></ul>Livability and Sustainability Regional Plan for Sustainable Communities
  22. 27. Effort Informed by Data <ul><li>Clearly define a single integrated plan for regional development that addresses population growth over 20 year minimum, with 3-5 year benchmark performance targets </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize geo-coded data sets and other metrics in development, implementing, monitoring and assessing the performance goals of reinvestment scenarios </li></ul>Regional Plan for Sustainable Communities
  23. 28. Project Status <ul><ul><li>Contract agreement with HUD (February 15, 2011) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sub-agreements with 10 Partners imminent. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project completion December 2013 </li></ul></ul>Regional Plan for Sustainable Communities