Big Spring Downtown Concept Plan, Part 2

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Big Spring Downtown Concept Plan, Part 2

  1. 1. Big Spring, Texas Downtown Concept Plan <ul><li>Prepared by </li></ul><ul><li>Bender Wells Clark Design </li></ul><ul><li>with </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Development Services </li></ul>
  2. 2. Concept Plan <ul><li>Purpose of the Plan: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To guide and encourage adaptive re-use, preservation and new development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The plan is intended to match city-wide economic development objectives with urban design strategies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The plan serves as a guide to promote future development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The plan is not a regulatory document on its own; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To have a full and binding regulatory effect adjustments to regulating policies and ordinances may be required </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Concept Plan <ul><li>Some illustrations in the plan suggest opportunities for improvements on properties that are privately held. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This does not imply that the city would require development to occur as shown in this plan. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In other cases, public facilities are proposed. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These could occur using a variety of implementation strategies, which are presented in the plan. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Overall Downtown Plan <ul><li>Circulation Improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 th Street becomes a 2-way Arterial Street with angle parking at the Courthouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 rd Street becomes a 2-way Local Street with a center left-turn lane. Parallel parking on the north edge of the street, angled parking at the Courthouse </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Streetscape Improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Street tree planting along 2 nd Street, 3 rd Street, 4 th Street, and Main Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sidewalk improvements throughout Downtown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced intersections with colored paving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planted medians at intersections with Main Street </li></ul></ul>
  5. 10. Lower Main Street Area <ul><li>Streetscape Improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved sidewalks & crosswalks, including ADA access improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curb bulb-outs at corners with colorful plantings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planted medians along Main Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colored & textured paving at intersections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Street tree planting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distinctive directional signage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergrounding of electrical utilities where feasible </li></ul></ul>
  6. 11. Lower Main Street Area <ul><li>Parking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Angled parking along both sides of Main Street </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Infill Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage rehabilitation & repair of existing historic buildings as mixed use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage Downtown housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infill on vacant lots as future demand warrants with design controls in place to foster appropriate building design </li></ul></ul>
  7. 12. Lower Main Street Area <ul><li>Parks and Event Spaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a greener, more inviting park space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce paving in existing park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide seating, shade and a program of new activities serving Downtown residents, employees and visitors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage pocket parks and courtyards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve Pocket Park linkage from Courthouse through to the Municipal Auditorium </li></ul></ul>
  8. 13. Lower Main Street Area <ul><li>Railroad Plaza at the foot of Main Street </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide interpretive displays and interactive exhibits describing railroad history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a “Kodak Moment” location with scenic back drop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider railroad yard overlook structure on 1 st Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide vehicle Round-about for easy return to Main Street </li></ul></ul>
  9. 15. Upper Main Street Area <ul><li>Streetscape Improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved sidewalks & crosswalks, including ADA access improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curb bulb-outs at corners with colorful plantings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planted medians at each street crossing along Main Street </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colored & textured paving at intersections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Street tree planting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distinctive Downtown Identity (landmarks) and Directional signage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public art opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  10. 16. Upper Main Street Area <ul><li>Streetscape Improvements and pattern of parking continues South to 7 th Street </li></ul>
  11. 18. City Hall / Auditorium and Settles Hotel Area <ul><li>Consolidation of Municipal Services </li></ul><ul><li>Streetscape Improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Infill and Redevelopment </li></ul><ul><li>Conference Center with Outdoor Exhibit and Event Space </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian connector East-West to Auditorium </li></ul><ul><li>Parking Improvements </li></ul>
  12. 20. Concept Plan Land Use Diagram Drop-off
  13. 21. City Hall / Auditorium and Settles Hotel Area <ul><li>Settles Hotel redeveloped as Mixed-Use Commercial and Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Boys Club redeveloped as Conference Center </li></ul><ul><li>Drop-off lane in front of Settles Hotel </li></ul><ul><li>Hotel and Conference Center share kitchen, service and exhibit space </li></ul><ul><li>Former Bus Station south of hotel redeveloped as hotel pool, fitness center, cabana and central plant </li></ul>
  14. 22. City Hall / Auditorium and Settles Hotel Area <ul><li>Parking West of Auditorium may be used for large events </li></ul><ul><li>Johnson Street is narrowed to 2 lanes with parking between 3 rd and 4 th , and may be closed for events </li></ul><ul><li>Runnels Street is narrowed with off-street parking to the west </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Court is re-located to new building fronting on 4 th St., consolidating City facilities </li></ul>
  15. 23. City Hall / Auditorium and Settles Hotel Area <ul><li>Three-block-long off-street pedestrian connection links Auditorium to Conference Center, Hotel, shopping and Courthouse </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian walkway at Conference Center and Hotel doubles as outdoor exhibit space and wedding garden </li></ul><ul><li>Johnson Street and parking areas may be used for outdoor events & exhibits as needed </li></ul><ul><li>MHMR retains full use of their property </li></ul>
  16. 24. Drop-off
  17. 25. Concept Plan Land Use Diagram During Large Events <ul><li>Temporary closure of Johnson Street between 3 rd and 4 th allows use of the entire block for events, engaging the Auditorium, Conference Center and the Settles Hotel facilities </li></ul>
  18. 26. Drop-off
  19. 28. Concept Plan <ul><li>Successful implementation of the Plan will require a coordinated effort from both the private sector and public agencies </li></ul>
  20. 29. A Plan for a Revitalized Downtown Big Spring <ul><ul><li>Creates active public spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages mixed-use development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes walking and shopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supports business opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renews downtown neighborhoods </li></ul></ul>

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