Sewer and Drainage<br />Most city streets in area have storm sewer. <br />Some streets like sections of Marshall, Willow, Bailey, and Water lack proper drainage.<br />BoneyardCreek and Healey Street Detention Basin are where the majority of surface storm water is drained.<br />Springfield Ave and Logan Street viaducts flood frequently.<br />Adequate sanitary sewer serves area. (located in middle of most city streets.)<br />
Utilities<br /><ul><li>Fourteen Fire Hydrants in the study area.
Natural Energy and Electricity Provider is AmerenIP. Most gas mains located on west side of the street.
Public water supply is operated by a private company: Illinois American Water. Most mains are on east side of street. </li></li></ul><li>Building Conditions<br />Manually walked every street in the area and recorded a numerical point value for each building.<br />1=Perfect Condition<br />2=Good Condition<br />3 = Fair Condition<br />4 = Poor Condition<br />5 = Very Poor Condition.<br />
Parking<br />Many parking options:<br />Metered Parking: along University Ave, portions of Locust St. and Chester St, and some on the east side of Second St.<br />2-Hour Parking: exist along White St.<br />Free Parking: exists along all thoroughfares south of Logan and west of First St.<br />Lots: metered parking lot owned by the city on southwest corner of Second and University Ave. <br />Large leased lot owned by the CU Metro Transit District locate on the west side of Water St. at Baily<br />
Transportation<br />Trains: two railroad tracks border the western boundary of site. <br />Bicycling: routes along Logan and White St. as well as the full extent of First St. through this corridor. <br />Buses: many bus routes service the area due to the areas proximity to the Illinois Terminal.<br />Vehicular: First St. and University Ave. handles the majority of traffic in the.<br />
Major Issues<br />Poor Infrastructure<br />Underutilized Land<br />Vacant Buildings<br />Absentee Owners<br />Poor Connectivity <br />Lack of Green Space<br />Parking<br />
Vision Statement<br />The First St. Corridor is a vital link between downtown Champaign and Campustown. In addition, its proximity to the Illini Terminal and local bus routes, attracts traffic through the area providing it with a high potential for growth. By promoting new mixed use development that is compatible to the surrounding land uses and improving the overall infrastructure of the study area, we hope to capitalize on the proximity to growing developments and to draw attention to the area.<br />
Goals<br />Complete Streets<br />Encourage New Investment<br />Attract New Development<br />Create Dynamic Business Environment<br />Insist on Design Quality<br />Enhance Public Facilities<br />Promote Connectivity<br />
Alternative 2<br />Infrastructure improvements concentrated on First and Logan Streets – complete streets<br />Leave current zoning<br />Promote a business association to prevent incompatible new developments in corridor<br />
Recommended Alternative<br />Mix of two alternatives<br />1 - Division of the area into several districts and taxation of underutilized land<br />2 - Improve basic infrastructure in order to provide for new developments and zoning, beginning with First and Logan as described in alternative 2. <br />