Southern Gateway Study: A Vision for Transforming Raleigh's Suburban Corridor
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT
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The City of Raleigh just completed and adopted a corridor study for the district immediately south of Downtown, an area of unrealized redevelopment potential that lacks a coherent identity. The presentation summarizes a series of transportation and urban design strategies that could leverage public infrastructure investment with key privately developed mixed-use districts to promote revitalization efforts along the corridor.
The Southern Gateway Study focuses on two automobile-oriented corridors that have historically served commuter traffic more effectively than the needs of the surrounding communities. Although this close-in corridor provides an iconic view of Raleigh’s skyline, the land uses are dated and underperforming as a vital urban district. Transit options are minimal and ped/bike access to downtown is inconvenient and hazardous. Strategic land assets are present, but the study area lacks a coherent identity and the strategic elements needed to generate and sustain healthy economic and community growth, particularly affordable housing options.
The study investigated a series of strategic steps the City could take to help this area share in the robust growth the rest of Raleigh has enjoyed. Planning for revitalization provides a context for crafting appropriate transportation and transit enhancements that support the repositioning of land uses while ensuring long-term, multimodal access and mobility for local and regional travel. Given predicted growth, this area has potential for sustainable mixed-use districts linking viable neighborhoods through the conversion of the district into a more urbanized land use pattern.
The presentation summarizes urban design strategies that leverage public infrastructure investment with key privately developed mixed-use districts. Key recommendation include the conversion and extension of Wilmington Street as a dedicated transit and bicycle corridor and land development scenarios for four distinct nodes intended to stimulate and activate desired private investment opportunities. The mobility recommendations support and allow for a series of catalytic development in several focal areas, providing examples where public investment supports private development.
Learning Objectives of the presentation:
Participants will benefit from:
- insight of urbanization, design, and planning efforts between city, designers, consultants, and the community for transformation of Suburban corridors.
- gain an understanding of the strategic elements needed to generate and sustain healthy economic and community growth.
- be exposed to the transportation planning efforts for crafting all types of transit enhancements that support repositioned land uses.
- be able to identify how public investments can support and stimulate a municipality’s preferred private development patterns.
Dhanya Purushothaman, AICP
Eric Lamb, PE
Benjamin Howell, email@example.com