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Case Study #3: The Park East Freeway Corridor Redevelopment Plan. 64 acre site Planning began in middle 90s Demolition of elevated freeway began in late 2001; completed in early 2003. Park East Freeway Corridor Redevelopment Plan. Negative aspects of the existing spur: “over-designed”

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Case study 3 the park east freeway corridor redevelopment plan

Case Study #3: The Park East Freeway Corridor Redevelopment Plan

  • 64 acre site

  • Planning began in middle 90s

  • Demolition of elevated freeway began in late 2001; completed in early 2003


Park east freeway corridor redevelopment plan

Park East Freeway Corridor Redevelopment Plan

  • Negative aspects of the existing spur:

    • “over-designed”

      • Elevated freeway

      • 3 lanes of traffic in both directions

    • Auto access to downtown/neighborhoods was limited to only two exits (like the sparse hierarchy)

    • Both a real and symbolic barrier separating downtown from the newly revitalizing neighborhoods to the north

    • Freeway spur “blighted” 64 acres of land, artificially depressing land values, not the “best and highest” use

    • Dominant land use adjacent to the spur was surface parking lots


The plan

THE PLAN

1. Tear down the spur, and then…

2. Rebuild the street grid

  • Multiple routes into downtown and neighborhood

    3. Construct pedestrian scale and monumental boulevard as “gateway” to downtown where the spur once existed

    4. Free-up 64 acres of developable real estate

    5. Re-weave the fabric of downtown into the fabric of the neighborhoods creating the unified urban texture

    6. Develop the land, Increase the tax base

    7. Capitalize on the emerging downtown housing boom

    8. Create three “urban districts” each with it’s own identity

    9. Re-weave the River back into the fabric of the city, increase access to it, and elevate it to a natural and public amenity.


1 rebuild the street grid

1. Rebuild the street grid


Construct ped scale gateway to downtown

Construct ped-scale “gateway” to downtown


3 free up 64 acres of developable real estate

3. Free-up 64 acres of developable real estate


Case study 3 the park east freeway corridor redevelopment plan

4. “Re-weave” urban fabric of downtown into surrounding neighborhoods. (development will increase the tax base)


Re weaving implies mixed use

“Re-weaving” implies mixed use


5 create 3 districts each with its own identity

5. Create 3 “districts”; each with its own identity


Case study 3 the park east freeway corridor redevelopment plan

McKinley District:

Corporate/hotel

Higher density

Still mixed use


Upper water lower rise and nearly exclusively residential

Upper Water: lower-rise and nearly exclusively residential


6 re weave the river back into the city

6: “re-weave” the river back into the city


Controversial elements of the plan

Controversial Elements of the Plan

  • The Pro-Freeway Constituency

    • Loss of quick access

    • Loss of parking lots

  • The anti-gentrification Constituency

    • Housing activists

    • Community groups

      • Brewer’s Hill

      • Harambee


Community benefits agreement cba

Community Benefits Agreement (CBA)

  • Affordable Housing Provision

  • “union wage” Provision

  • Minority contractors provision

  • Pros/Cons


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