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Urban Land Institute Springfield: Strategies for a Sustainable City Overview & Recommendations. Objective resource in urban planning, growth and development World-wide experience, stellar reputation Practical, reality-based recommendations Inclusive, community-wide dynamic process

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urban land institute springfield strategies for a sustainable city overview recommendations
Urban Land InstituteSpringfield: Strategies for a Sustainable CityOverview & Recommendations
why springfield chose uli
Objective resource in urban planning, growth and development

World-wide experience, stellar reputation

Practical, reality-based recommendations

Inclusive, community-wide dynamic process

Immediate consensus driven program

Why Springfield chose ULI
goal of uli process setting our collective priorities
Inclusive Community Based Plan

Puts effort behind the right projects

Makes best use of assets

Retains the equity we have

Develops a plan for now

Forges partnership with Business Community

Goal of ULI process: Setting our collective priorities
uli s assessment recommendations
Cross-sector leadership

Capitalize on strengths

Downtown's market potential

Neighborhood preservation

ULI’s assessment & recommendations
cross sector leadership
Effective local government support

Foster civic pride and corporate philanthropy

Visionary developers

Regional pride and cooperative

Cross-sector leadership
cross sector leadership recommendations
Extend the term of the Finance Control Board

Work to increase state appropriations

Create and promote guiding principles for good government

Celebrate diversity and seek inclusiveness

Cross-sector leadership: Recommendations
capitalize on springfield s strengths
Exceptional regional access

Vibrant mix of uses in the urban core

Architecturally significant buildings ripe for redevelopment

Abundant, convenient parking

350-year history

Capitalize on Springfield’s strengths
springfield s strengths planning development strategies
Think like a master developer

Establish criteria for evaluating city projects

Enhance and develop critical planning, development and enforcement tools

Inventory and repackage vacant land

Springfield’s strengths: Planning & development strategies
enhance downtown s market potential
Maximize assets: Historic downtown and cultural attractions

Minimize liabilities: Office and commercial vacancies, perception of crime, civil disorder

Enhance downtown’s market potential
downtown planning development strategies
Market, Market, Market

Convert vacant/underused Class B & C spaces into market-rate housing

Expand retail development attracting street-oriented retailers (e.g. American Apparel)

Identify and attract target markets for downtown living (e.g. young professionals)

Raise occupancy in existing downtown commercial space

Downtown: Planning & Development strategies
downtown strategies
Short-term priority projects

Redevelopment of 31 Elm Street project

Re-use of old Federal building on Main Street

York Street Jail demolition

Mid-term priority projects

Main Street and State Street Corridor Improvements

Downtown parking lots

Apremont Triangle area

Future development

Union Station

Downtown strategies
neighborhood
Short-term Priority Project

The South End

Mid-term Priority Projects

Targeted neighborhood improvements

Smith Carriage Company District

Community resources in and around East Columbus Avenue

Vacant houses of worship throughout Springfield

Future development

Mason Square fire station

Former Chapman Valve site

Memorial Industrial Park II

Neighborhood
uli report summary
Attract leadership from throughout the community

Make downtown a destination to live, work, and play

Preserve the character and integrity of neighborhoods

ULI: Report summary
moving forward
New York Times Article on 5/9/07

Focused on ULI and joint effort of City Staff, Local Businesses, Chamber of Commerce, EDC, Community Leaders and residents

The Boston Chapter of the ULI has volunteered to perform 2 Technical Assistance Panels (TAP)

The First TAP is focused on Hollywood/ Gemini

Panel performed fact-finding mission on 4/17/07

Panel presented findings on 4/28/07

Panel final report expected late May

The Second TAP is focused on the Downtown

Panel performed fact finding mission on 5/8/07

Panel to present findings in late May or early June

Moving Forward