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The Liberty District Workshop. Sacred Cows—hands off! Significant historic structures Mildred Terry Library The Liberty Theater Places of Worship Ma Rainey House Spencer House Top Hat Café Royal Café. Liberty District Concept. Strategic Redevelopment Concept

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The Liberty District Workshop

Sacred Cows—hands off!

  • Significant historic structures

  • Mildred Terry Library

  • The Liberty Theater

  • Places of Worship

  • Ma Rainey House

  • Spencer House

  • Top Hat Café

  • Royal Café


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Liberty District Concept

Strategic Redevelopment Concept

  • Liberty Center—civic and entertainment core

  • Performing Arts Center / High School

  • Local business core

  • Eighth Street / Sixth Avenue corridors

  • Gateways and connections


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Liberty District Concept

Strategic Redevelopment Concept

  • Veterans Parkway—local business

  • BTW homes redevelopment

  • Victory Drive—community business

  • Mixed infill housing

  • Open street network

  • Eyes on the street

  • Village green, planted buffers, streetscapes


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Liberty District Concept

Redevelopment Policy System

  • General

  • Community Character

  • Liberty Center

  • Commercial Core Area

  • Housing

  • Pedestrians and Environment

  • Transportation

  • Parks and Open Space

  • Gateways to the District


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Liberty District Master Plan

Physical Plan—Open Space

  • Urban structure and identity

  • Organize and separate land uses

  • Landscaped public view corridors

  • Pedestrian accessibility system

  • Buffer industrial uses

  • Passive recreation

  • Active recreation

  • Village green


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Liberty District Master Plan

Physical Plan—Accessibility

  • Regional access: Victory Drive and Veterans Pkwy

  • Major axes: Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street

  • Integrated street and alley network

  • Sidewalks and trails

  • Decision points

  • Gateways


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Liberty District Master Plan

Physical Plan—Land Use

  • Existing public and private institutions and facilities remain, as do all “sacred cows”

  • Liberty Center is the symbolic heart of the district—a mixed-use living/working/entertainment place

  • Mixed-use Commercial Core will focus on daily local retail, service and loft housing

  • Residential densities highest at and adjacent to Liberty Center and Commercial core and along the major access corridors

  • Victory Drive and Veterans Parkway commerce to focus on community retail, service and loft housing




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Liberty District Master Plan

Physical Plan—New Housing

  • Single-family detached: 48 du

  • Single-family attached: 196 du

  • Apartments: 48 du

  • Live/work units: 100 du*

    Total new internal housing units: 392 du*

    * [plus live/work loft housing units in the Victory Drive and Veterans Parkway along the perimeter of the District]


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Liberty District Master Plan

Design Standards

  • General

  • Lighting and utilities

  • Buildings and facades

  • Landscaping and planting

  • Street environments

  • Parking lots

  • Signs


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Liberty District Master Plan

General Standards

  • All public and private improvements in the Liberty District shall be of human scale, organized to be compatible with and attractive and accessible to pedestrians and residential neighborhoods.

  • There shall be several, diverse centers of activity in the district, to include the Liberty Theater, the Ma Rainey and Spencer Houses, parks, churches, the library and retail areas.

  • Prominent sites shall be reserved for important civic and institutional functions. Building and spaces for meetings, education, religion and culture shall be located in the various centers.


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Liberty District Master Plan

General Standards

  • Small playgrounds and natural green areas shall be located throughout the neighborhood, interconnected by sidewalks and trails.

  • Changes in land use shall be made mostly at alleys or buffered by a mix of open space and landscaping, allowing like uses to face one another across streets.

  • Design and construction of private improvements shall reflect the care taken by the city to invest in the planned public areas and streetscapes of the district.

  • Materials and colors shall be compatible with good quality buildings of the dominant period of the district’s historic development.


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Liberty District Master Plan

Standards for Buildings and Spaces

  • Buildings shall be placed close to the edges of the district’s wide streets to create a strong sense of space and place.

  • Parking lots and garage doors shall rarely front the streets directly.

  • All buildings and spaces shall be designed to promote social exchange and the human experience.

  • All buildings and spaces shall be oriented primarily toward the streets and sidewalks, although secondary access may be to the side or rear.

  • Houses facing wide streets shall include porches that extend to the property line and front yards shall be allowed to extend into the right-of-way.


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Liberty District Master Plan

Standards for Buildings and Spaces

  • Most commercial buildings shall be built to the property lines on the front and sides, or aligned with adjacent buildings as appropriate.

  • All building facades shall be designed toward achieving a unifying effect along the streets, rather than made to conform to any particular stylistic theme.

  • Street level and upper stories of commercial buildings shall reflect the same style.

  • Rear detached garages shall be set back from the alley a minimum of four feet and a maximum of eight feet.


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Liberty District Master Plan

Housing

  • There shall be a variety of dwelling types in the district—detached and attached houses, apartments and live-work units (dwellings located above shops and offices).

  • There shall be diverse living spaces for younger and older people, for singles and families from different stages of life and income levels.

  • Housing shall address the streets in a traditional manner—with porches, front yards and accessibility to one’s neighbors and neighborhood, with many eyes focused upon the streets and the activities taking place there.


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