|State Street Corridor as Mixed Use Zone - streetcar scaled|
|Land Use Plan for Bridgehead Districts|
Yes, a few days before the big weekend, maybe a little buried, last week ODOT/DLCD sent out a press release on the awards:
SALEM - The Transportation and Growth Management program, a 21-year partnership between ODOT and the Department of Land Conservation and Development, has announced the recipients of more than $2.5 million for transportation and land use planning efforts. Transportation and Growth Management grants support communities in Oregon that are working to create vibrant, livable places where people can walk, bike, take transit or drive where they want to go.The full list of awards is here.
For this annual funding cycle, the Transportation and Growth Management program received 40 applications requesting $4,558,916. After reviews, twenty applicants were chosen to receive $2,590,864.
Unsurprisingly, Salem's good application was approved and the lousy application failed to make the cut. N3B had submitted several letters in critique of the bridgehead application, and it is great to see they weren't for naught!
The funded project, the State Street Refinement Plan,
aims to revitalize State Street into a vibrant, attractive, walkable mixed-use corridor through coordinated land use and transportation improvements. It will result in street cross sections that illustrate how State Street can be transformed within its constrained right-of-way into a welcoming environment for all transportation modes. Zoning regulations and design standards will also be developed to encourage pedestrian-friendly redevelopment and mixed-use development.As always with a new study, and especially with this one, this is full of huge servings of potential win. We can do as much or as little as we really want with this, and if we grab the vision and decide to fund it, many things are possible.
But it could be another pallid "shelf study," too, just gathering dust after its completion.
In any case - blank slate, think blank slate!
The contractual and administrative preliminaries take about a year - last year's "middle Commercial" study might kick off this month finally with the public components - so hopefully next late summer or early fall the State Street study will hold its public kick-off.