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RV 2014: Urban Circulator Roundtable: Shaping Cities one Challenge at a Time by Lisa Gordon


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Urban Circulator Roundtable: Shaping Cities One Challenge at a Time AICP CM 1.5
An urban circulator roundtable? How appropriate! Hear speakers from around the country -- Austin; Atlanta; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Portland-- experienced in different disciplines of urban circulator implementation. Start with short presentations from each unique perspective, then focus on the challenges and issues associated with implementation -- outreach, financing, traffic, etc. -- and how each organization overcame these challenges.
Moderator: Neil McFarlane, General Manager, TriMet, Portland, Oregon
Paul Zebell, Project Manager, Bureau of Transportation, City of Portland, Oregon
April Manlapaz, Transit Project Manager, AECOM, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Derek Benedict, PE, Transportation Engineer, URS Corporation, Austin, Texas
D.J. Baxter, Executive Director, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah
Jim Erkel, Attorney & Program Director, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, St. Paul, Minnesota
Lisa Gordon, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Beltline, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia

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RV 2014: Urban Circulator Roundtable: Shaping Cities one Challenge at a Time by Lisa Gordon

  1. 1. Atlanta BeltLine // © 2014 •In the heart of the Atlanta region •Connects many of Atlanta’s cultural destinations •Utilizes historic freight rail rights of way around the center of town // Where is the Atlanta BeltLine?
  2. 2. Atlanta BeltLine // © 2014 33 MILES of Trails 22 MILES of Transit & Transportation Infrastructure Historic Preservation Streetscapes & Public Art 1,300 ACRES of Greenspace Jobs & Economic Development 1,100 ACRES of Environmental Clean-up // The Atlanta BeltLine: Key Elements 5,600 UNITS of Affordable Workforce Housing
  3. 3. Atlanta BeltLine // © 2013 // Housing Goal: •Create a mix of housing for a variety and mix of incomes and household types •30,000 total additional housing units •5,600 affordable workforce housing units 1st Generation (2009-2014) •$8.8M Trust Fund capitalized •Downpayment Assistance (86 units created) •Incentives for Developers (committed to 173 units) •Property Acquisition (see Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing) •Over 500 affordable workforce units within ½ mile.
  4. 4. Atlanta BeltLine // © 2013 // Housing What Worked Well?
  5. 5. Atlanta BeltLine // © 2013 // Housing Challenges and Lessons Learned •Scale: Need to double production to meet goals (~200-300 annually). •Funding: Existing Trust Fund is 100% committed. Need to recapitalize, align with other funding sources, and establish funding and financing for land acquisition and incentives. •Land: ABI owns land for infrastructure, but limited land for adjacent development. Increased control of land is key to ensure affordable housing and other outcomes adjacent to Atlanta BeltLine. •Low Income Housing Tax Credit: Limited projects funded annually in the City of Atlanta • Incentives are insufficient in high land price areas: Land and partnership with mission driven developers is key to production in these areas.