Bridge Square Dec. 9 2013 open house presentation


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The presentation for open house #2 / community workshop: Concepts for a Future Bridge Square, Northfield MN: A community master planning update for 'Northfield's living room'

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Bridge Square Dec. 9 2013 open house presentation

  1. 1. Concepts for a Future Bridge Square City of Northfield Community Workshop/ Public Open House #2 Marcia A Klopf December 9th, 2013
  2. 2. Agenda 1 Introductions 2 Planning Process and Schedule 3 Urban Design Analysis 4 Previous Planning 5 Design Precedents 6 Visioning 7 Next Steps
  3. 3. 1 Introductions
  4. 4. Introductions Project Team • John Slack, ASLA • Griff Wigley • Marcia A Klopf Stantec Wigley & Associates Project Intern/ St. Olaf City Staff Contact • Joe Stapf, Northfield City Engineer
  5. 5. Introductions Mayor’s Streetscape Task Force (MSTF) • Hayes Scriven • Ross Currier • Dan Bergeson • Robert Will • Steve Edwins See Stakeholders Webpage at Special thanks to Northfield Historical Society for providing all of the historic images you will see in this presentation.
  6. 6. 2 The Planning Process and Schedule
  7. 7. Planning Process Public Input • Transparent process to engage all stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue about the future of Bridge Square • Use public face-to-face meetings and online tools to both inform the community and learn their needs, desires, ideas, and feedback. Online tools will include: • Blog site, discussion threads • Online straw polls • Live web conferences • Ongoing updates via Twitter, Facebook, text messages, email and local media websites
  8. 8. Planning Process Design Process • Understand the history of Bridge Square and the role it plays in the community • Define design precedents to see how other well known/loved spaces function • Engage in a civic discussion on the future of Bridge Square • Provide recommendations for the future design and programming of Bridge Square
  9. 9. Planning Schedule Tonight’s Meeting
  10. 10. Meeting Purpose Goals and Objectives for this meeting • Comprehensive understanding of “forces” that affect Bridge Square • Review public plazas/square case studies to see how other spaces relate to Bridge Square • Discuss positive and negative attributes about Bridge Square • Develop a “Vision” for the future of Bridge Square • Generate and discuss ideas for the redesign of Bridge Square
  11. 11. 3 Urban Design Analysis
  12. 12. Urban Design Analysis Context • Roadway Classification • Gateway Intersections • ADT’s • Parks/ Open Spaces • Multi-modal Routes • Historic Commercial District • Public/ Civic Land Uses • Public Parking • 5 Min. Walk
  13. 13. Urban Design Analysis Site Parameters • Built Form • Edges • “Hardscape” • “Softscape” • Canopy
  14. 14. Urban Design Analysis Site Parameters • Pedestrian circulation/ access • Views • Infrastructure
  15. 15. Urban Design Analysis Geometries • Bridge Square boundary is .96 acres “Green” area .34 Acres - 30’ roadway - 8’ parking lane and (2) 11’ drive lanes - (6) Parking Stalls Water Street - 23’ roadway - (3) Parking Stalls 90’ • 4th Street 150’ “No Name” Street - 23’ roadway - 8’ parking lane and 15’ drive lanes - (8) Parking Stalls
  16. 16. Urban Design Analysis Existing Infrastructure • (25)Trees • Flower Pots • Benches • Lighting • Fountain • Civil War Monument • Popcorn Wagon
  17. 17. Urban Design Analysis Pedestrian Circulation • Primary and secondary connections • Crossings • Pedestrian/ bike/ vehicular conflicts
  18. 18. Urban Design Analysis Spatial Orientation • General guidelines for human spatial orientation • 2’ - 4’ for Personal Space • 4’-12’ for Social Space Seating for show mobile event approx. 75 Standing room only gathering approx. 95 people Entire plaza space approx. 275 people Tents in square approx. 32
  19. 19. Historic Context • Period of Significance • NPS Historic Register identifies a timeframe of 1850-1924 • NPS Historic Preservation Nomination Form identifies 1870s – 1970’s • 1992 Historic Context No. 1 "Industrial and Agricultural" context listing identifies a time period of 1855-1945 • HPC designated critical components of the design that should be preserved: • Protect the Open Space and flexibility, • Respect the historic Edges of the square • Preserve the Circulation and access to Bridge Square
  20. 20. NPS Rehabilitation Standards From the Dept. of the Interior National Park Service's Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Preserving Cultural Landscapes The governing STANDARDS include these: (6 of 8 total) 1. A property will be used as it was historically, or be given a new use that maximizes the retention of distinctive materials, features, spaces and relationships. 2. The historic character of a property will be retained and preserved. 3. Each property will be recognized as a physical record of its time, place and use. 4. Changes to a property that have acquired historic significance in their own right will be retained and preserved. 5. Distinctive materials, features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property will be preserved. 6. The existing condition of historic features will be evaluated to determine the appropriate level of intervention needed.
  21. 21. NPS Rehabilitation Standards An Approach of Preservation of an Historic Cultural Landscape includes these GUIDLINES: 1. Identify, Retain, and Preserve Historic Materials and Features. 2. Stabilize and Protect Deteriorating Historic Features and Materials as a Preliminary Measure. 3. Maintain Historic Features and Materials. 4. Repair Historic Features and Materials. 5. Limited Replacement in Kind of Extensively Deteriorated Portions of Historic Features.
  22. 22. NPS Rehabilitation Standards These are applied to the specifics of the property's Character Defining Features by consideration of: 1. Topography 2. Vegetation and/or open space 3. Circulation 4. Water features 5. Structures, Furnishings, and Objects 6. Considerations for Accessibility, Environment, and Energy Conservation
  23. 23. Bridge Square Maintenance/ Operations Northfield Public Work Staff • The mowing of Bridge Square is contracted • Weekly cost for mowing is $53.44 a week & an average once a week. • • Average 20 to 24 wks. Equates to Yearly $ $1,068.80 to $1,282,56 • • No current sprinkler system on Bridge Square $250.00/ per year • $500.00 to $750.00 per year • Some years the City will do annual grass seeding just to insure the grass stays green • Yearly mulching of the trees & Shrubs • Maintenance of the Fountain yearly costs (Yearly startup & shutdown, Weekly cleaning, Soaping, Paint.) $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 per year Flower planters ($950.00 Spring planting, Winter $ 500.00 per year) • • • Yearly estimated 200 to 300 staff labor hours a year and approx. $5,500 in costs. • Which might include snow removal, weekly cleaning & maintenance.
  24. 24. Bridge Square Maintenance/ Operations Northfield Garden Club • Coordination of future plantings with City and on-going maintenance • Additional soil and improved lawn areas • Need irrigation system • Need more seating • Discussions about programmed uses which may not “fit” within Bridge Square • Fountain repair and maintenance • Flowers are critical to design and should remain
  25. 25. Programmed events happen in Bridge Square each year.
  26. 26. Community Uses of Bridge Square Annual Events • • • • • 3rd Saturday in MayNorthfield Garden Club Event End of May/Early June- St. Olaf College Events Mid June- Taste of Northfield Early July- Milltown Cycles Event Mid July- New Prague Band performance • • • • • • Late July- Northfield Chamber all day event Thursdays in the SummerCommunity Band nights Fridays in the SummerRiverwalk/Market Fair Early September- Defeat of Jesse James Days Sept. 21- Day of Peace Early October: St. Dominics Event
  27. 27. Special Events • • • • • • • • July 2011: Laura Baker Event August 2011: Outlaw Run August 2012: Medin New in early August 2013: Vintage Band Festival New in late August 2013: ArtsCulture night Art Swirl Books and Stars 4th of July
  28. 28. Other Events • • • • • • • • • Public Gatherings Break dancing Fundraising Coffee/ Lunch People Watching Public Vigils Picnics Fishing Garden Club events
  29. 29. 4 Previous Planning
  30. 30. 1916 Plan Highlights • • • “Auto-centric” design provides enhanced circulation for automobiles Formalized landscape treatments create “showpiece” Limited pedestrian access and use of the space
  31. 31. 1966 Plan Highlights • • • • • Design shows what the Downtown and Bridge Square might look like in 1985 Mixed-use office building along the river Urban plaza Limited access to the River No relationship to historic context and edges
  32. 32. 1999 Plan Highlights • • • • • • • Multiple options defined Central Axis to River Ties two parcels together Fountain at front entry Central circular plaza for informal staging Informal lawn creates seating area Arbor structure serves as backdrop to River
  33. 33. Northfield Roundtable Framework 2012
  34. 34. Northfield Roundtable Framework 2012 Highlights • "Healthy Edges": The healthy edges should create the best communication possible between Bridge Square and the businesses that border it. • Traffic: Streets that run along Bridge Square and whether it would be a good idea to eliminate one of those to expand the Square. Traffic and parking are important design focuses for the project. • Pedestrian: This brings to mind the importance of human scale, as well as places to stay and sit throughout the Square that will really draw people in to use it more. • Greening: Green spaces in more of a pattern. Landscaping can be used to bring attention to a place and make it feel more inviting.
  35. 35. 5 Design Precedents
  36. 36. Rice Park, St. Paul Facts • • • Urban context surrounded by historic buildings; Saint Paul Hotel, the Landmark Center, Ordway, and the Downtown Library Design is all about the “EDGES” Approx. 1.8 acres in size
  37. 37. Rice Park, St. Paul Facts • Park has a fountain, a bandstand, and character sculptures from the Peanuts cartoons and a man-made ice rink during the winter months
  38. 38. Rice Park, St. Paul Facts • • • Allows for rental of space with electricity provided Multiple planned events throughout year including Monday Music in the Parks, and Winter Carnival Due to the site’s rich culture and historical significance, Rice Park has been honored as a “Great Place in America” by the APA in 2011
  39. 39. Rice Park, St. Paul
  40. 40. Ganesvoort Plaza, NYC Facts • • • • • Existing space located between four streets “Taming of an urban space” in the meatpacking district Over 150 years of “high” activity in this space Context sensitive solution must respect the district’s historic fabric, pedestrian generating destinations and working character. Approx. .12 acre in size
  41. 41. Ganesvoort Plaza, NYC Facts • • • Design focused on pedestrian improvements on equal ground with vehicle traffic Not much flexibility, as it is in a fixed space Plaza does have the possibility of changing its function through what objects are placed in the plaza and support temporary events
  42. 42. Ganesvoort Plaza, NYC Facts • Provides needed traffic calming
  43. 43. Ganesvoort Plaza, NYC Facts • text • text
  44. 44. Peace Plaza, Rochester Facts • • Located in the heart of downtown between two major hotels and adjacent to Mayo Approx. 1.09 acres in size (Peace Plaza .41 Ac., and First Street Plaza .64 Ac.)
  45. 45. Peace Plaza, Rochester Facts • • The plaza functions as the heart of a revitalized downtown district; cohesive gathering space A seasonal, all weather programming strategy; emphasizing a lively mix of downtown businesses; lighten and brighten the area; using street exhibits, displays, lighting, murals and shopfronts
  46. 46. Peace Plaza, Rochester Facts • • • Numerous events throughout the year: summer market, noontime entertainment (music and theater performances), fall fashion show Summer Saturday night Movie on the Plaza; Corvettes on the Plaza; Programming for the Plaza almost every day
  47. 47. Peace Plaza, Rochester
  48. 48. University Circle Plaza, Cleveland Facts • • • Gateway to the University Circle District of Cleveland, Ohio Vibrant and active social space for students, campus visitors, and patrons of the adjacent restaurants. Approx. .2 acres in size
  49. 49. University Circle Plaza, Cleveland Facts • The design raises the plaza above the surrounding sidewalks to create an informal stage and extensive seating edges, framed by a linear light feature that meanders through the existing tree canopy.
  50. 50. University Circle Plaza, Cleveland
  51. 51. University Circle Plaza, Cleveland Facts • text • text
  52. 52. Mears Park, St. Paul Facts • • • • Located in historic Lower Town Originally known as Baptist Hill in 1851 then donated to the City as a park and land was leveled Designed as a “calm oasis surrounded by the excitement of the big city” Approx. 3.1 acres
  53. 53. Mears Park, St. Paul Facts • • • A place for entertainment, living and hanging out Park hosts numerous events including: Music in Mears, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and Concrete and Grass Music Festival Rental events can accommodate 200 guests
  54. 54. Mears Park, St. Paul Facts • • • Covered band shell and meandering stream running diagonally through the park Native trees and planting with a variety of seating options Volunteers know as the Friends of Mears Park maintain the gardens
  55. 55. Mears Park, St. Paul Facts • ….
  56. 56. 6 Visioning What makes a great “Public Place” • • • • The place is accessible and has linkages; People are engaged in activities there; The space is comfortable and has a good image; It is sociable: one where people meet each other and take people when they come to visit.
  57. 57. Visioning Exercise (75 minutes) • At your table identify the opportunities and problems/weaknesses of Bridge Square (25 minutes) • “Dotmocracy” (5 minutes) • Identify your Vision for Bridge Square (45 minutes) • Part One: Document goals, strategies and benefits • Part Two: Draw site features and improvements to physical space
  58. 58. Homework • “PLACE” Game Sheet
  59. 59. 7 Next Steps Schedule • Live web conference (repeat of this open house): December 11th, 7pm • • • • “PLACE” Game Sheet Online Straw Poll Ongoing blog updates and discussions Community Workshop #3: Late January/early February 2014 • Provide comments, or additional insights at...
  60. 60. Questions?