What changes can you envision for S. Main St. to(1)improve safety & connectivity for motorists, pedestrians, & bicyclists(2)address increased parking demands associated with Depot Park+Cade(3)improve the identity & visual character of the corridor(4)balance the flow & accessibility for all users
With the recent opening of Depot Park, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is seeking input and feedback from the public on possible improvements to the segment of South Main Street between Depot Avenue and South 16th Avenue. The CRA invites its citizens and stakeholders to participate in the design process by creating your ideal street. We are asking the public to submit designs for the corridor that best accomplish the below project Guiding Principles as determined from citizen and CRA Board input.
HERE'S HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Multiple opportunities will be available for citizens to submit their ideas for how the 100' of right-of-way along South Main Street could be configured to address the below Guiding Principles.
The first is to attend a Community Design Workshop any time between 12P-8P on Monday, August 29 or any time between 9A-12P on Tuesday, August 30 at the Gainesville Fine Arts Association @ 1314 South Main Street. The public is invited to DROP-IN at their convenience during the two-day workshop to participate in the design process of South Main Street by building an interactive model of your proposed street. Your design concept will then be recorded, documented, and eventually presented to the CRA Board for their consideration.
The second way to participate is to build and submit your design concept by utilizing the on-line design platform www.streetmix.net This interactive web-based tool will allow you to insert and prioritize various streetscape elements such as vehicular travel lanes, on-street parking, bicycle facilities, landscaping, sidewalks, etc. while maintaining the 100' right-of-way.
A few important things to remember prior to starting your street design. USE THIS LINK to start with a blank 100' wide street. This 100' represents the amount of public right-of-way available along this segment of South Main Street and will ensure consistency among participants. Finally, since you are able to customize the dimensions of several streetscape elements, the following MINIMUM dimensions should be used. You may increase the following dimensions to create your desired street but do not go below.
Drive Lane = 11'
Center Turn Lane "Median" = 11'
Parallel Parking = 8'
Perpendicular "Angled" Parking = 18' (Note: Angled parking is generally the most efficient way to maximize on-street parking, but it does also consume the greatest amount of right-of-way space)
Bicycle Lane = 5'
Sidewalk = 6'
You are the designer and have the ability to drag/drop and choose the number of drive lanes, type of on-street parking, sidewalk widths, landscape features, bicycle facility type. We encourage you to be creative and imaginative on how this important corridor might be retrofitted to address changing needs.
Completed design concepts should be submitted by using the "Share" drop down menu in the upper right corner of the Streetmix interface and either "Save as image" or "Copy and paste this link to share" and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post your design directly to this engageGNV topic.
One final suggestion, sometimes the Streetmix interface needs to be "refreshed" while working, so use the F5 key or click the "refresh" icon in the url bar.
GUIDING STATEMENT : Develop an improvement strategy for the South Main Street corridor which supports existing businesses, attracts new investments, and prepares the corridor for future needs and additional users.
1. PARKING OPPORTUNITIES : Existing on-street parking opportunities should be preserved and increased wherever possible to support adjacent businesses, park and trails. An increase in well-designed publically available on-street parking could contribute to better access, increased safety, and the overall success of the area, while also serving business owners, Depot Park, and the network of nearby rail trails.
2. SAFETY + CONNECTIVITY : South Main Street currently functions as a corridor that serves businesses, motorists, transit riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Stakeholders voiced a desire to evaluate changes that could improve connectivity and safety for all current and future users passing through or arriving to the area. Respondents noted vehicular speeds and the width of the roadway as considerable challenges to the comfort and safety of the corridor for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclist.
3. ACCESSIBILITY + FLOW + BALANCE : Stakeholders advocated for the efficient flow of traffic and accessibility to adjacent businesses along the corridor. The design should include creative and functional strategies that balance the operational requirements of existing businesses with the desire for calming traffic and facilities that support pedestrians and bicyclists.
4. VISUAL CHARACTER : Survey respondents cited the vast amounts of pavement, lack of trees and greenspace, existing utility lines, and condition of some properties as being contributors to the general negative appearance of the corridor. The community supports small, coordinated aesthetic changes, accompanied by targeted physical improvements, to increase the visual appeal, character, function, and overall attractiveness of the area.
5. DESTINATION + IDENTITY : Make South Main Street a place to go to, not just a place to go through. Stakeholders expressed a desire for amenities, activities, and destinations throughout the area that would give South Main a unique, brand-able identity celebrating its distinctive character. By leveraging its close proximity to Downtown, the Power District, University of Florida, and established residential neighborhoods, South Main has the potential to attract increased interest for existing and future business opportunities.