Not everything good is new. Rail transit investments in urban corridors can mean opportunities for new development. But what about those businesses that already exist? Who's looking out for the development that is already a valuable component in a community's character? Mitigating construction impacts along a corridor requires a unique set of tools and plenty of creativity. Learn strategies to help existing development survive the impacts of the construction phase. Hear how to assist businesses that might be financially constrained. Get an inside view of programs that focused on existing development during and after construction of urban rail projects in Phoenix and Minneapolis communities.
Moderator: Bob Post, Vice President, Director of Transportation, AECOM, Portland, Oregon
Terry Benelli, Executive Director, Local Initatives Support Corporation, Phoenix, Arizona
Isabel Chanslor, Director of NDC Business Lab, Neighborhood Development Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Central Main Extension
Environmental Assessment Summer 2009-Summer 2011
Business Assistance Program Summer 2011-Fall 2015
Construction Starts 2012
Opening of extension August 2015
2009- Focus collaboration in Downtown Mesa to prep for
construction of a three mile extension of the Metro Light Rail.
Weekly convening's of businesses to activate area
Events missing in the corridor since 2006
2010 – Surveyed and events Increase revenue by $19,000
Businesses working together to produce
2011- City of Mesa and Metro Business Assistance Program
Prepare for construction of the Light Rail.
No registry for businesses, build a database
No marketing dollars for program
Electric rebate program
Business Assistance Program
Year City funds Leverage
11/12 $250,000 $40,000
12/13 $200,000 $161,000
13/14 $250,000 $294,000
14/15 $120,000 $276,000
JP Morgan Chase
21 consultants- experts in their field
Weekly 1 hour workshops (education and networking)
Attend 4 a year, get electric rebate in summer months
Hispanic Business Alliance
Opportunity to sign up for one on one consulting
Marketing Financial Specialty
Façade Window display
No funds could be spent
Google Inside View
Local First Arizona
Small Wonders map
and membership to
Over 50 businesses
with Google inside
Mesa- beta site for
Activate the Alleyway
$60,000 grant $252,000 investment 18 businesses
March Community walking tour to analyze positive and negative conditions.
July Received grant - 12 spots were taken within a 24 hour period.
July Walked through the area with experts on façade improvements for walkable areas.
August Presented walkthrough findings to the businesses and began consultant work to
develop individual façade improvements.
September Began working with the business to acquire completive bids for agreed upon
work to be completed. Had room for 6 more grants
October Began working with the City of Mesa and various departments to complete
encroachment/right-of-way and Signage applications to include:
City Manager’s Office
City Planning, Director
City Building Safety, Director
City Permitting, Director
City Engineer, Director
City Development Services,
December Grant closure and all work completed
Activate the Alleyway
LISC Phoenix’s activities focus on creating healthy communities
along transit corridors in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa We believe
there is urgency and need to focus on these opportunities.