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Breakout 3: College to Fuller

  1. 1. DRAFT 10-23-12Michigan Street Corridor PlanBreakout Session #3 – Michigan St. Design College to FullerOctober 29, 2012
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. What We’ve Heard DRAFT 10-23-12Preserve, Enhance Transform Exercise - Steering Committee
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. What We’ve Heard DRAFT 10-23-12Community Preference Exercise - Public Forum #2 Preferred Land Uses Preferred Street Elements
  7. 7. What We’ve Observed DRAFT 10-23-12College Ave. to Fuller Ave.College Ave. Fuller Ave. Michigan Street Crescent St.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. What We’ve Done So Far DRAFT 10-23-12Preliminary Land Use Plan Scenarios - May & June, 2012 N
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. 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?
  17. 17. What We Need to Do Now DRAFT 10-23-12Choices and Trade-offs Create Your Corridor!!
  18. 18. DRAFT 10-23-12 Thank you! Suzanne Schulz, AICP Planning Director, City of Grand Rapids sschulz@grcity.us Bob Petko Landscape Architect, Progressive AE petkob@progressiveae.comMichigan Street Corridor PlanBreakout Session #3 – College to Fuller Land Use PlanOctober 29, 2012

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