FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After months of gathering public input on future land use and development along Grant Avenue, the City is set to present details of a Grant Avenue Corridor Plan during a live, virtual public meeting 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23.
The public is encouraged to view a livestream broadcast and participate in a question and answer session by visiting grantavenueparkway.com.
“The Grant Avenue Parkway is much more than a street project,” said Director of Quality of Place Initiatives Tim Rosenbury. “The establishment of a Corridor Plan will help encourage appropriate growth and development along the Parkway route, while helping maintain the unique identity and neighborhood characteristics of the area.”
Assisted by Forward SGF Comprehensive Plan consultants, Houseal Lavigne, City staff have developed the Grant Avenue Corridor Plan to focus on the portion of the Parkway project route between College Street and Fassnight Park. The Plan focuses on opportunities to capitalize and encourage redevelopment and reinvestment – targeting a variety of housing types, neighborhood commercial and placemaking strategies. It will also include a number of transportation recommendations to better connect the parkway to neighborhoods and greenway trails and will include an implementation strategy and recommended changes to City Code.
The Feb. 23 presentation will include an overview of the Corridor Plan Study Area, key recommendations, proposed design standards and potential transportation connections. Plans for an Overlay Zone will also be shared with the public.
“In coordination with Forward SGF comprehensive planning, the Grant Avenue Corridor Plan will introduce a palette of general land use categories called placetypes,” explains Principal Planner Randall Whitman. “This is a planning strategy that’s new to Springfield. By thinking of an area as a place, rather than focusing on each parcel, we can better define the characteristics, scale, form, function and overall sense of community we want to achieve.”
Whitman said anyone with questions about how this plan will affect their property should contact him at 864-2027 or email [email protected].
For more information on the Grant Avenue Parkway Project and Corridor Plan, visit grantavenueparkway.com.
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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected].