LEARN ABOUT THE DRAFT CONCEPT PLAN AND GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK

An executive summary of the draft concept plan may be found here, and the full presentation may be found here.

OVERALL OPINION -- On an overall basis, how would you rate the draft redevelopment concept plan?

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* 1. OVERALL OPINION -- On an overall basis, how would you rate the draft redevelopment concept plan?

PARK IMPROVEMENTS -- The draft concept proposes that about 15.5 acres of the total site be allocated for park space. This includes the linear park and trail along the river edge and the north-south parkway, plus the Dowling Plaza, “relics park” and two other green areas at the northern and southern ends of the site. A park graphic may be found here.

What input do you have about the location, size and basic types of the proposed park improvements?

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* 2. PARK IMPROVEMENTS -- The draft concept proposes that about 15.5 acres of the total site be allocated for park space. This includes the linear park and trail along the river edge and the north-south parkway, plus the Dowling Plaza, “relics park” and two other green areas at the northern and southern ends of the site. A park graphic may be found here.

What input do you have about the location, size and basic types of the proposed park improvements?

PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE -- Phase 1 of the project is proposed to include the following infrastructure:

  • Reconstruction of Dowling Avenue from I-94 to riverfront
  • Northern half of north-south road that will serve as parkway
  • Phase 1 utilities
  • Phase 1 stormwater system that benefits park areas and City streets
  • If there’s enough funding, improvements to Dowling Bridge and/or additional of an adjacent bridge to improve bike/pedestrian access and provide additional capacity for new development

Later phases of infrastructure will include streetscape improvements to Washington Ave. N. next to the site, plus extension of the north-south parkway through the southern half of the site, connecting to a new road entrance at 33rd Ave. N.

What do you think about this proposed infrastructure project?

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* 3. PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE -- Phase 1 of the project is proposed to include the following infrastructure:

  • Reconstruction of Dowling Avenue from I-94 to riverfront
  • Northern half of north-south road that will serve as parkway
  • Phase 1 utilities
  • Phase 1 stormwater system that benefits park areas and City streets
  • If there’s enough funding, improvements to Dowling Bridge and/or additional of an adjacent bridge to improve bike/pedestrian access and provide additional capacity for new development

Later phases of infrastructure will include streetscape improvements to Washington Ave. N. next to the site, plus extension of the north-south parkway through the southern half of the site, connecting to a new road entrance at 33rd Ave. N.

What do you think about this proposed infrastructure project?

COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER --
The draft concept includes a community performing arts center (CPAC) just south of Dowling at the River. The design will accommodate events up to 10,000 people in a combination of seats and open lawn area, but also will work well for smaller events. If funding can be secured, the stage area will be designed so it can be enclosed in cooler weather and used year-round for smaller events. On-site parking initially will be in about 1,300 surface spaces on undeveloped portions of the site, with the hope that it eventually will be financially feasible to replace that surface parking with structured shared district parking. Illustrations of the CPAC may be found here.

What do you think about the CPAC as an amenity and destination?

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* 4. COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER --
The draft concept includes a community performing arts center (CPAC) just south of Dowling at the River. The design will accommodate events up to 10,000 people in a combination of seats and open lawn area, but also will work well for smaller events. If funding can be secured, the stage area will be designed so it can be enclosed in cooler weather and used year-round for smaller events. On-site parking initially will be in about 1,300 surface spaces on undeveloped portions of the site, with the hope that it eventually will be financially feasible to replace that surface parking with structured shared district parking. Illustrations of the CPAC may be found here.

What do you think about the CPAC as an amenity and destination?

The CPAC will be used for ticketed events for a variety of types of performances promoted by First Avenue and its programming partners (about 50 per year). The ticketed events will provide revenue to support about 65 free events/programs per year that will be selected specifically by Northsiders to be of interest to the Northside community. On days when there are no events, the lawn areas will be open to public use. First Avenue also will provide employment to Northside youth, create a Youth Advisory Council to advise on programming and give preference to Northside businesses for CPAC operations (e.g., food service, textiles, printing).

What do you think about this CPAC community benefit package?

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* 5. The CPAC will be used for ticketed events for a variety of types of performances promoted by First Avenue and its programming partners (about 50 per year). The ticketed events will provide revenue to support about 65 free events/programs per year that will be selected specifically by Northsiders to be of interest to the Northside community. On days when there are no events, the lawn areas will be open to public use. First Avenue also will provide employment to Northside youth, create a Youth Advisory Council to advise on programming and give preference to Northside businesses for CPAC operations (e.g., food service, textiles, printing).

What do you think about this CPAC community benefit package?

PHASE 1 MIXED-USE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT -- The draft concept includes a mixed-use development on the southeast corner of Dowling and Washington. The current plan is for about 150 rental apartment units above about 10,000 sq. ft. of ground floor commercial. The building would be 5 to 6 stories tall, with parking underneath. Graphics illustrating this component can be found here.

What input do you have about this component?

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* 6. PHASE 1 MIXED-USE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT -- The draft concept includes a mixed-use development on the southeast corner of Dowling and Washington. The current plan is for about 150 rental apartment units above about 10,000 sq. ft. of ground floor commercial. The building would be 5 to 6 stories tall, with parking underneath. Graphics illustrating this component can be found here.

What input do you have about this component?

The proposed Phase 1 housing mixed-use component will meet the City's requirement that 20% of the units are affordable to those earning 60% of the metro area median income. (At today’s income, that would be rents of $991, $1,062 and $1,273 for a studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom unit, respectively.)

Additional housing is planned for future phases, and the development team intends that 30% of the overall total number of units will be affordable.

What do you think of this approach?

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* 7. The proposed Phase 1 housing mixed-use component will meet the City's requirement that 20% of the units are affordable to those earning 60% of the metro area median income. (At today’s income, that would be rents of $991, $1,062 and $1,273 for a studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom unit, respectively.)

Additional housing is planned for future phases, and the development team intends that 30% of the overall total number of units will be affordable.

What do you think of this approach?

OFFICE MIXED USE -- The draft concept includes a five story building just south of Dowling between I-94 and Washington Ave. N. The ground level would be about 15,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and the upper floors would be about 115,000 sq. ft. of office space. The concept also proposes 250-400 structured parking spaces that could be available for CPAC use on nights and weekends and would replace some of the interim surface parking. (The financial feasibility of this parking remains to be determined.) The number and types of job opportunities that might result from the office tenants is unknown at this point and will depend upon the tenants, but the office space is expected to accommodate about 400 employees. The ground floor commercial space will accommodate another 120 jobs, and the development team is exploring if and how the space can be made available at rents that would be affordable to local businesses.

What input do you have on this component?

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* 8. OFFICE MIXED USE -- The draft concept includes a five story building just south of Dowling between I-94 and Washington Ave. N. The ground level would be about 15,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and the upper floors would be about 115,000 sq. ft. of office space. The concept also proposes 250-400 structured parking spaces that could be available for CPAC use on nights and weekends and would replace some of the interim surface parking. (The financial feasibility of this parking remains to be determined.) The number and types of job opportunities that might result from the office tenants is unknown at this point and will depend upon the tenants, but the office space is expected to accommodate about 400 employees. The ground floor commercial space will accommodate another 120 jobs, and the development team is exploring if and how the space can be made available at rents that would be affordable to local businesses.

What input do you have on this component?

RIVERFRONT HOTEL -- A 5 – 6 story hotel is proposed near the riverfront promenade, just upriver from the Dowling Plaza. The facility would include about 110 to 180 rooms, about 15,000 sq. ft. of ground level commercial space (tentatively restaurant/food service) and about 70 structured parking spaces. The hotel will create about 65 new jobs of various types, and since it will be operated by a member of the development team, they will be able to more directly influence how those jobs are filled to benefit the local community. The ground floor commercial space will accommodate another 120 jobs, and the development team is exploring if and how the space can be made available at rents that would be affordable to local businesses.

What input do you have on this component?

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* 9. RIVERFRONT HOTEL -- A 5 – 6 story hotel is proposed near the riverfront promenade, just upriver from the Dowling Plaza. The facility would include about 110 to 180 rooms, about 15,000 sq. ft. of ground level commercial space (tentatively restaurant/food service) and about 70 structured parking spaces. The hotel will create about 65 new jobs of various types, and since it will be operated by a member of the development team, they will be able to more directly influence how those jobs are filled to benefit the local community. The ground floor commercial space will accommodate another 120 jobs, and the development team is exploring if and how the space can be made available at rents that would be affordable to local businesses.

What input do you have on this component?

COMMUNITY INNOVATION HUB -- A site has been reserved just south of the “relics park” for a “community innovation hub” that will foster innovation, create jobs and activate the nearby public space through its everyday operations. The hub also might include areas for park-related use (e.g., office, restrooms, multi-purpose rooms). The development team is working with Northside stakeholders to explore the proposals that have been submitted for use of this space.

What input do you have on this component?

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* 10. COMMUNITY INNOVATION HUB -- A site has been reserved just south of the “relics park” for a “community innovation hub” that will foster innovation, create jobs and activate the nearby public space through its everyday operations. The hub also might include areas for park-related use (e.g., office, restrooms, multi-purpose rooms). The development team is working with Northside stakeholders to explore the proposals that have been submitted for use of this space.

What input do you have on this component?

FUTURE PHASES -- Tentative plans for Phase 2 of the development anticipate additional housing upriver from the hotel, plus additional mixed-use development (housing, commercial and office space) to fill in the rest of the two inland parcels that face Washington Ave. N. (assuming the interim surface parking can be replaced with permanent structured district parking).

There will be additional community engagement when it’s time to think in detail about these parcels, but in the meantime, what do you think about the Phase 2 tentative land uses?

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* 11. FUTURE PHASES -- Tentative plans for Phase 2 of the development anticipate additional housing upriver from the hotel, plus additional mixed-use development (housing, commercial and office space) to fill in the rest of the two inland parcels that face Washington Ave. N. (assuming the interim surface parking can be replaced with permanent structured district parking).

There will be additional community engagement when it’s time to think in detail about these parcels, but in the meantime, what do you think about the Phase 2 tentative land uses?

The future plans for the southern half of the site are the most flexible and will respond both to community input and how the market responds to the initial redevelopment of the site. Options could include job-generating business development (which likely could move forward in the fairly near future) or that area could be reserved for future additional medium-density mixed-use development.

Do you have any input on how this part of the site should be redeveloped?

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* 12. The future plans for the southern half of the site are the most flexible and will respond both to community input and how the market responds to the initial redevelopment of the site. Options could include job-generating business development (which likely could move forward in the fairly near future) or that area could be reserved for future additional medium-density mixed-use development.

Do you have any input on how this part of the site should be redeveloped?

OTHER INPUT – Here’s where you can share any other input you have about the draft concept plan.

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* 13. OTHER INPUT – Here’s where you can share any other input you have about the draft concept plan.

DO YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS? FAQs have been posted about the site/general process and affordable housing and a third one on the draft concept will be posted soon. If there are questions that have not been answered by the posted FAQs, please add them below. We will work to answer the new and/or frequently asked questions and then post both the questions and the answers here.

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* 14. DO YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS? FAQs have been posted about the site/general process and affordable housing and a third one on the draft concept will be posted soon. If there are questions that have not been answered by the posted FAQs, please add them below. We will work to answer the new and/or frequently asked questions and then post both the questions and the answers here.

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