DRAFT 10-23-12Michigan Street Corridor PlanBreakout Session #3 – Michigan St. Design College to FullerOctober 29, 2012
Agenda DRAFT 10-23-12 Introduction What We’ve Heard - Community Engagement What We’ve Observed - Existing Conditions What We’ve Done so Far - Future Vision What We Need to Do Now - Choices and Trade-offs “Create Your Corridor” Exercise
What We’ve Heard DRAFT 10-23-12Community Preference Exercise - Public Forum #1 “What would you like to have, see or experience in 15 years?” 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0
What We’ve Heard DRAFT 10-23-12Preserve, Enhance Transform Exercise - Steering Committee1816 161412 Preserve10 11 10 Enhance 8 9 Transform 6 4 5 4 4 4 2 0 0 Grand River to College to Fuller Fuller to Plymouth College
What We’ve Heard DRAFT 10-23-12Community Preference Exercise - Public Forum #2 Preferred Land Uses Preferred Street Elements
What We’ve Observed DRAFT 10-23-12College Ave. to Fuller Ave.College Ave. Fuller Ave. Michigan Street Crescent St.
What We’ve Observed DRAFT 10-23-12Public Realm - Streetscape Character Streetscape Character: Lack of streetscape amenities, such as landscaping and street furnishings has created a sterile, uninviting environment Sidewalk dimensions and street crossings are inadequate creating a hostile pedestrian environment. Narrow right-of way limits space for adequate streetscape amenities, on-street parking, transit and travel lanes. Travel by wheelchair is a challenge.
What We’ve Observed DRAFT 10-23-12Public Realm - Transportation Transportation: Private vehicles is the dominate mode of transportation Road conditions and congestion make the street unsuitable for bikers The corridor has the Rapid bus line and a private shuttle service operated by Spectrum Health but transit amenities are limited.
What We’ve Observed DRAFT 10-23-12Private Realm - Site Design Site Design: Suburban/auto centric design Limited walkability/connectivity Poor image/identity Shallow lot depths on south side of Michigan Street limit development potential Multiple driveways promotes traffic congestion
What We’ve Observed DRAFT 10-23-12Private Realm - Architecture Architecture: Much of the architecture creates an impersonal feel Lack of maintenance and poor facade renovation on many structures gives the corridor a tired appearance Almost no first floor window display area
What We’ve Done So Far DRAFT 10-23-12Preliminary Land Use Plan Scenarios - May & June, 2012 N
What We’ve Done So Far DRAFT 10-23-12Future Vision Future Vision: Create a Place Develop compact, mixed-use center on the corridor. Create a pedestrian/transit oriented environment. Make it accessible to people of all abilities. Provide green space and plaza space. Provide variety of housing options.
What We Need to Do Now DRAFT 10-23-12Create a Place What Makes a Corridor a Place? Variety of land uses with retail on first floor office residential above Compact urban form with the appropriate mass and height to street and sidewalk Buildings placed along and oriented to the street creates outdoor rooms. On-street parking. It acts as a buffer between the road and sidewalk Most parking placed in rear Limit curb cuts to Michigan St. Quality architecture and detailing Ground level window display
What We Need to Do Now DRAFT 10-23-12Create a Place What Makes a Corridor a Place? Consistent and well maintained streetscape and sidewalks Space for cafes and plazas Street trees, planters and green spaces Amenities – seating, lighting and public art.
What We Need to Do Now DRAFT 10-23-12Choices and Trade-offs Issues to Consider: The existing roadway width will stay the same. Narrow right-of way on Michigan St. limits space for adequate streetscape amenities, on-street parking, transit and vehicle travel lanes. Not all elements will fit in the existing right-of way. What trade-offs should we consider ? Shallow lot depths on south side of Michigan Street limit development potential. Should we expand new development to Crescent street? What future land use will best fit a compact pedestrian/transit oriented environment?
What We Need to Do Now DRAFT 10-23-12Choices and Trade-offs Create Your Corridor!!
DRAFT 10-23-12 Thank you! Suzanne Schulz, AICP Planning Director, City of Grand Rapids email@example.com Bob Petko Landscape Architect, Progressive AE firstname.lastname@example.orgMichigan Street Corridor PlanBreakout Session #3 – College to Fuller Land Use PlanOctober 29, 2012