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1 LEWISBURG NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT Findings and Recommendations of the Lewisburg-Bucknell Task Force

2 Background Principles for Residential Life (1998) Principles for Residential Life (1998) Re-Study Authorized (2003) Re-Study Authorized (2003) Analyze Behavioral Changes Analyze Behavioral Changes Identify New Regulatory Strategies (Landlords, Parents, etc.) Identify New Regulatory Strategies (Landlords, Parents, etc.) Review Pros and Cons (Educational, Safety, etc.) Review Pros and Cons (Educational, Safety, etc.) Plan New On-Campus Housing Plan New On-Campus Housing Identify Alternative Neighborhood Futures Identify Alternative Neighborhood Futures Borough and residents concerns for off- campus living arrangements and behaviors (ongoing) Borough and residents concerns for off- campus living arrangements and behaviors (ongoing)

3 Lewisburg-Bucknell Task Force Lewisburg-Bucknell Task Force Bucknell Officials Bucknell Officials Lewisburg Borough Officials Lewisburg Borough Officials Business and Property Owners Business and Property Owners Neighborhood Residents Neighborhood Residents SEDA-Council of Governments, Community Resource Center SEDA-Council of Governments, Community Resource Center Delta Development Group, Inc. Delta Development Group, Inc. Project Team

4 Explore Alternative Futures Explore Alternative Futures Analyze Market Opportunities Analyze Market Opportunities Establish a Future Vision Establish a Future Vision Develop Action Strategies Develop Action Strategies Identify Potential Funding Identify Potential Funding Project Purpose

5 Community Involvement and Research Community Involvement and Research 6 Focus Group Interviews (85 Participants) 6 Focus Group Interviews (85 Participants) Bucknell and Borough Officials Bucknell Students Neighborhood Residents Neighborhood Business and Property Owners 12 Key Person Interviews 12 Key Person Interviews Neighborhood Design Charrette Neighborhood Design Charrette (55 Participants) Field Trips (Bucknell-Borough Officials and Neighborhood Residents) Field Trips (Bucknell-Borough Officials and Neighborhood Residents)

6 Neighborhood Boundaries Market Street Strawberry Alley St. George Hawn Alley

7 Land Use - Mixed Land Use - Mixed Environment Environment 75% of Neighborhood is in Floodplain. 75% of Neighborhood is in Floodplain. 75% of Neighborhood is in Floodplain. 75% of Neighborhood is in Floodplain. Housing Housing Majority are Renter-Occupied. Majority are Renter-Occupied. Majority are Renter-Occupied Majority are Renter-Occupied Approximately 78.5% are Student Rentals (161 units). Approximately 78.5% are Student Rentals (161 units). Approximately 78.5% are Student Rentals (161 units). Approximately 78.5% are Student Rentals (161 units). Property Conditions and Values Property Conditions and Values Social Characteristics Social Characteristics Perceived Image Perceived Image Physical Characteristics Physical Characteristics Neighborhood Facts

8 Floodplain Boundaries 500-Year Floodplain 100-Year Floodplain Floodway

9 Owner/Renter Occupancy

10 Student/Non-Student Renter

11 Market Overview Continued Demand for Housing Continued Demand for Housing Strong housing demand due to local mobility and continued growth. Strong housing demand due to local mobility and continued growth. Area growth projected to continue over the next decade. Area growth projected to continue over the next decade. 58% of residents have moved into Lewisburg in the past 5 years. 50% 58% of residents have moved into Lewisburg in the past 5 years. 50% came from out of state. came from out of state. Lifestyle Attraction Shapes the Lewisburg Housing Lifestyle Attraction Shapes the Lewisburg Housing Market Market New residents and visitors drawn by lifestyle characteristics and New residents and visitors drawn by lifestyle characteristics and Lewisburgs authentic small town experience. Lewisburgs authentic small town experience. Lifestyle characteristics attract college students, young professionals Lifestyle characteristics attract college students, young professionals and couples, empty nesters, and active seniors and create new and couples, empty nesters, and active seniors and create new housing and business opportunities. housing and business opportunities. Potential target market is attracted by proximity to arts and Potential target market is attracted by proximity to arts and entertainment, e.g., theatre, concerts, movies, books and CDs; eating entertainment, e.g., theatre, concerts, movies, books and CDs; eating and drinking establishments; and access to parks and facilities for and drinking establishments; and access to parks and facilities for exercise and fitness training. exercise and fitness training.

12 Market Opportunities Urban Design and Programs Enhance Neighborhood Value Urban Design and Programs Enhance Neighborhood Value Historic Preservation Historic Preservation Home Improvements Home Improvements Home Ownership Options Home Ownership Options New Housing Choices New Housing Choices Safe and Attractive Streetscapes Safe and Attractive Streetscapes Proximity to Amenities (Parks, Shops, and Services) Proximity to Amenities (Parks, Shops, and Services) Mixed-Use Adds Vitality to the Neighborhood Mixed-Use Adds Vitality to the Neighborhood Some shops and services are a desirable addition to the Some shops and services are a desirable addition to the housing mix. housing mix. Primary market for shops and services should be neighborhood Primary market for shops and services should be neighborhood residents and students. residents and students. New businesses should help expand markets for existing New businesses should help expand markets for existing downtown businesses. downtown businesses. Neighborhood commerce should be oriented to neighborhood Neighborhood commerce should be oriented to neighborhood lifestyles and interests. lifestyles and interests.

13 Case Studies University/ Community Partnerships Carlisle- Dickinson College Seminars Carlisle- Dickinson College Seminars Radnor and Bloomsburg Ordinances to enforce landlord responsibility and enhance quality of life Radnor and Bloomsburg Ordinances to enforce landlord responsibility and enhance quality of life Student Ambassador Programs with community Student Ambassador Programs with community Student-business owner relationships Student-business owner relationships Union-Schenectady Initiative Union-Schenectady Initiative A Partnership for a Better Community A Partnership for a Better Community Community Outreach Center, Neighborhood Association, Education and Home Ownership, and Off-campus Residential Housing. Community Outreach Center, Neighborhood Association, Education and Home Ownership, and Off-campus Residential Housing. Trends from elsewhere Trends from elsewhere Other university and community development trends from around the country Other university and community development trends from around the country

14 Neighborhood in Transition Historic Changes Historic Changes Flooding Flooding Deterioration of historic homes Deterioration of historic homes In-Migration of student renters In-Migration of student renters Out-Migration of long-time homeowners Out-Migration of long-time homeowners Recent Changes Recent Changes Landlords Association established Landlords Association established Renovation and Re-use of vacant building (Zeldas) Renovation and Re-use of vacant building (Zeldas) Renovations in anticipation of non-student renters Renovations in anticipation of non-student renters Slowing rate of homeowner-occupied housing turning to student rentals Slowing rate of homeowner-occupied housing turning to student rentals Today Today Neighborhood is thirsty for innovative solutions to ordinary problems Neighborhood is thirsty for innovative solutions to ordinary problems A Strategic Plan is offered for: A Strategic Plan is offered for: Flood Mitigation Stream Habitat Restoration Historic PreservationInfrastructure Improvements New Construction Environmental and Open Space Enhancements Neighborhood Programs

15 Neighborhood in Transition

16 Neighborhood Segments

17 Neighborhood Development Plan

18 University Village Student-Faculty Theme Housing Streetscape Enhancements Common Open Space Community Outreach Center University Bookstore Consolidated Parking

19 Neighborhood Village Detached Housing (Singles and Duplexes) Attached Row Houses Alley Carriage House Apartments Common Open Space Historic Preservation New Infill Housing Streetscape Enhancements Flood-Resistant Housing Front Porches

20 Bull Run Neighborhood Center Arts & Entertainment Oriented Live/Work Loft Apartments Mixed Housing-Commercial Use Neighborhood Businesses Streamside Gardens Rooftop Café Daycare Center Consolidated Parking

21 5 th Street Park Overlook Historic Preservation Home Rehabilitation Homeownership Programs Streetscape Enhancements

22 7 th Street Gateway Gateway Design Improvements (Signage, Paving, and Plantings) Historic Preservation Home Rehabilitation Homeownership Programs Streetscape Enhancements Walkway Improvements

23 Bull Run Greenway New Pathways New Tree Plantings Redesigned Public Plaza Performance Amphitheater New Pedestrian Bridge Naturalized Stream New Stream Access

24 Development Phasing Balance of Public-Private Benefits: Balance of Public-Private Benefits: Attractive, safe, and purposeful living arrangements for defined segments of the Bucknell student-faculty population. Attractive, safe, and purposeful living arrangements for defined segments of the Bucknell student-faculty population. Enhanced public space and infrastructure to foster new private investment in housing rehabilitation and development. Enhanced public space and infrastructure to foster new private investment in housing rehabilitation and development. Mix of Programs and Projects: Mix of Programs and Projects: Organizational Development Organizational Development Programmatic and Policy Initiatives Programmatic and Policy Initiatives Physical Improvements Physical Improvements

25 Neighborhood Action Plan

26 Phase I Action Plan Organizational Development Organizational Development Establish a Memorandum of Understanding between Bucknell University and Borough of Lewisburg to establish mutual commitments and accomplish goals set forth by the task force; Establish a Memorandum of Understanding between Bucknell University and Borough of Lewisburg to establish mutual commitments and accomplish goals set forth by the task force; Create a permanent organization to spearhead long-term action; Create a permanent organization to spearhead long-term action; Conduct feasibility studies for construction in floodplain, housing types, community center and University Bookstore; Conduct feasibility studies for construction in floodplain, housing types, community center and University Bookstore; Conduct development feasibility study to determine the total project development costs and create a specific funding and finance strategy for implementing the project. Conduct development feasibility study to determine the total project development costs and create a specific funding and finance strategy for implementing the project.

27 Phase I Action Plan Programmatic and Policy Initiatives Programmatic and Policy Initiatives Clarify University's position on reducing off-campus student population; Clarify University's position on reducing off-campus student population; Maintain and enhance student conduct policies regarding off- campus behavior; Maintain and enhance student conduct policies regarding off- campus behavior; Maintain and enhance Borough code enforcement and zoning policies; Maintain and enhance Borough code enforcement and zoning policies; Initiate mortgage assistance program to offer incentives for home purchasing in neighborhood; Initiate mortgage assistance program to offer incentives for home purchasing in neighborhood; Review the Lewisburg zoning ordinance with Borough to accommodate the proposed vision for the study area; Review the Lewisburg zoning ordinance with Borough to accommodate the proposed vision for the study area; Develop programs to rehabilitate deteriorating structures worthy of restoration; Develop programs to rehabilitate deteriorating structures worthy of restoration;

28 Phase I Action Plan Programmatic and Policy Initiatives (cont.) Programmatic and Policy Initiatives (cont.) Develop guidelines for infill development to be in-scale and in character with existing structures as well as to be of floodplain-friendly building type; and Develop guidelines for infill development to be in-scale and in character with existing structures as well as to be of floodplain-friendly building type; and Develop program to offer incentives for renters to become home- owners and work with real estate brokers to encourage the transition. Develop program to offer incentives for renters to become home- owners and work with real estate brokers to encourage the transition.

29 Phase I Action Plan Physical Improvements Physical Improvements Seek means for demolition of most flood-prone houses or those in the worst conditions and demolish those identified structures; Seek means for demolition of most flood-prone houses or those in the worst conditions and demolish those identified structures; Work with Borough and property owners to preserve and maintain existing structures of historical integrity; Work with Borough and property owners to preserve and maintain existing structures of historical integrity; Seek means to repair, replace, and enhance sidewalks, street pavements, curbing, lighting, utility lines, and parking lanes (specifically on 5th and 7th Street). Seek means to repair, replace, and enhance sidewalks, street pavements, curbing, lighting, utility lines, and parking lanes (specifically on 5th and 7th Street).

30 Recommendations/Conclusions Community Organization Community Organization Neighborhood Image and Identity Neighborhood Image and Identity Lifestyle Marketing Lifestyle Marketing The Natural and Built Environment The Natural and Built Environment Implementation Ways and Means Implementation Ways and Means

31 LEWISBURG NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT Findings and Recommendations of the Lewisburg-Bucknell Task Force


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