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RV 2014: Equitable Development- TOD in a Distressed Economy


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Equitable Development: TOD in a Distressed Economy

Equitable development starts with a commitment to robust community engagement, continues with strategic public investments to "prime the pump," and ends with development that meets community needs and allows investors to make a buck or two. Learn how public and private partners can work together to lay the groundwork to finance and deliver TOD in the face of a distressed local development market. In Minneapolis: A community along a future BRT corridor plans for future investments in transportation, economic development, housing and placemaking. In Pittsburgh: A diverse community adjacent to a busway station attracts public and private investments for a successful project. In Phoenix, nonprofits working together to ready publicly-owned property for development and create a loan program to bring affordable and market rate residential mixed use to the light rail.
Moderator: Melinda Pollack, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners, Denver, Colorado
Daniel Klocke, Downtown Phoenix CDC, Phoenix, Arizona
Patricia Fitzgerald, Economic and Community Development Division Manager, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ernie Hogan, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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RV 2014: Equitable Development- TOD in a Distressed Economy

  1. 1. Penn Avenue Community Works: Laying the groundwork for change along a BRT corridor Patricia Fitzgerald Economic and Community Development Manager Hennepin County Rail~Volution September 23, 2014
  2. 2. • $883 million • Property values 2 The context
  3. 3. Hennepin County Community Works “Perhaps no American county has recently been as innovative and ambitious as Minnesota’s Hennepin County... Community Works has significantly transformed portions of the county through major housing, transportation, parks, and environmental restoration investments." - Judith Martin and Justin Jacobson, “A County and its Cities: the Impact of Hennepin Community Works,” Journal of Urban Affairs 30 (2008).
  4. 4. 6 Penn BRT: Stations for a Rail-Like Experience Brooklyn Center Transit Center Xerxes & 56th Osseo & Hwy 100 Osseo & 47th Penn & 43rd Penn & Dowling Penn & 36th Penn & Lowry Penn & West Broadway Penn & Golden Valley Penn & Plymouth Osseo & 51st PRELIMINARY Concept Plan Version 1.3 Updated August 27, 2014 Coming Soon to the Penn Avenue Corridor
  5. 5.  Interagency partnership  Strong leadership from elected officials  Holistic approach with focus: BRT, roadway enhancements, coordinated development and placemaking  Commitment to collaborate with the community  Authentic engagement and relationship building BEFORE launching the planning process First steps
  6. 6. 8 Understand the assets
  7. 7. Creative CityMaking 9 CREATIVE CITYMAKING A partnership with Intermedia Arts and City of Minneapolis Engagement design by artists Wing Young Huie and Ashley Hanson
  8. 8. 10 Engagement design and photos by Wing Young Huie and Ashley Hanson
  9. 9. 11 Different methods, Different mindset
  10. 10. 12 “Keep the focus on the people” “Don’t sell the Northside short” “Develop a framework for equity”  Increase opportunity/improve the area without displacement  Ensure the community benefits from investments and change  Ensure value accrues to the community, not just outside investors  Make sure burdens and benefits are equitably distributed Conditions for success
  11. 11. 13 Commons at Penn Avenue, Building Blocks, Inc. Broadway Flats, Broadway Flats, LLP Take the long-view, but deliver early results
  12. 12. Early Results Community garden at 36th and Penn Play on Penn Summer Series
  13. 13. • Play on Penn pic – food truck with long line 15 Placemaking and demonstrating market potential Placemaking design and programming by The Musicant Group and SilverCocoon
  14. 14. For more information: