Approaches to Revitalizing Suburban Commercial Corridors
Friday, October 19, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CDT
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The Northeast Corridor (NEC) Revitalization Plan is focused on goals and strategies common to traditional community and "Main Street" revitalization efforts: building capacity within the local community, improving urban design and function, and business growth and development. However, revitalizing suburban commercial corridors presents a unique set of challenges. This session will explore the experiences, successes, and lessons learned during the first four years of the NEC Revitalization Plan's implementation.
Successful outcomes during the first four years of the Plan's implementation include:
1) support from City and community leaders
2) a "portfolio" of economic development incentives (creation of NEC TIRZ, designation of three tracts as Opportunity Zones, and a facade improvement program)
3) ability to leverage concurrent City planning processes and initiatives (Comprehensive Plan, Multi-Modal Transportation Plan)
At the end of this session, attendees should be able to:
1) Identify traditional elements in, and approaches to, commercial corridor revitalization planning
2) Compare and contrast approaches to “Main Street” and suburban corridor revitalization planning in relation to community engagement and business development.
3) Identify types of economic development incentives and how they can be applied to encourage revitalization
Barbara Holly, firstname.lastname@example.org