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LDP #7: Morris Avenue Vision Plan Township of Springfield - Union County - Springfield Business Improvement District March 11, 2014.

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1 LDP #7: Morris Avenue Vision Plan Township of Springfield - Union County - Springfield Business Improvement District March 11, 2014

2 Project Contributors & Team 2 Project Partners Together North Jersey NJ TRANSIT North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority New Jersey Department of Transportation Springfield Patriot Chamber of Commerce Springfield Public Library Springfield Environmental Commission Union County Township of Springfield Springfield Business Improvement District Looney Ricks Kiss VHB Equity Environmental Engineering TimHaahs Associates McManimon, Scotland & Baumann Phillips Preiss & Grygiel

3  Creating a walkable and bike friendly downtown that is attractive to residents, visitors and businesses  Providing safe and convenient pedestrian, bicycle and transit facilities  Optimizing the locations of NJT bus stops  Ensuring an adequate supply of efficient and convenient parking locations  Mitigating future flooding Study Area & Project Goals

4 4 TOWNSHIP’S REDEVELOPMENT AREA

5 INVENTORYCATEGORY 1Municipal Lot 199 2Municipal Lot 265 3Municipal Lot 330 AWalnut Ct. Lot52 BCaldwell Pl. Lot24 CCenter St. Lot – West30 DCenter St. Lot - East11 E Lot for 243 & 247 at Morris Ave. 22 FSeabra Lot – North140 GSeabra Lot – South189 On-Street30 PARKING ANALYSIS

6 6 ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

7 7 WHERE ARE WE NOW? WHERE DO WE WANT TO GO? HOW DO WE GET THERE? Street Interviews Open House Workshop Community Vision Survey Virtual On-Line Meeting Meeting with NJDOT Meeting with NJ TRANSIT Bus Planning 43.84%

8 8 COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE WORKSHOP – November 2013

9 Select the 3 most important improvements from high to low you would like to see in downtown Springfield. MORRIS AVE. A B C D E Attract new retail businesses Attract new dining establishments Provide/Identify Convenient Parking Improve Pedestrian Crossings & Safety Attract New Downtown Residential Provide/Improve Public Spaces None of the Above F G #1 Rated #2 Rated #3 Rated

10 35.21% 5.63% 4.23% MORRIS AVE. - STREETSCAPE 45.07% 9.86% None

11 1.37% 15.07% 32.88% 43.84% MORRIS AVE. – BUILDINGS 6.85% None

12 12 Outreach Feedback Speeds in Downtown area too high Poor maintenance of sidewalks & properties is major concern Attracting the right businesses Perception that I-78 underpass is unsafe (lighting, fencing, maintenance) and a barrier to Downtown Clear traffic direction at the Morris/Mountain Intersection Identification and maintenance of parking

13 13 WHERE ARE WE NOW? WHERE DO WE WANT TO GO? HOW DO WE GET THERE? Implementation Agenda State Agency Walk- Talk-Act Meeting/Tour Coordination with Redevelopment Efforts

14 14 Township Redevelopment

15 Morris Ave Mountain Ave

16 16

17 Dedicated Left & Right Turn Lanes Dedicated Left & Right Turn Lanes Lane Delineations to Maintain Flow Morris Ave Mountain Ave

18 18 Bus 52 EB Bus 66 EB Bus 114 NB Bus 52 EB Bus 66 EB Bus 114 NB Bus 70 EB Bus 52 WB Bus 70 WB Bus 52 WB Bus 70 WB Current Bus Stops – Morris & Mountain Avenues Morris Ave Mountain Ave Bus 66 WB Bus 114 SB Bus 66 WB Bus 114 SB

19 Bus 114 NB Bus 66 EB Bus 114 NB Bus 66 EB Bus 52 EB Bus 70 EB Bus 52 EB Bus 70 EB Bus 52 WB Bus 66 WB Bus 70 WB Bus 114 SB Bus 52 WB Bus 66 WB Bus 70 WB Bus 114 SB Morris Ave Mountain Ave

20 20 PROPOSED STOP RELOCATIONS Safer for riders with less crossing movements and potential for jaywalking Creates hub in Downtown with more room & locations for amenities (shelters, seating, bike rakes, trash/recycling) Maintained bus routing Reduces post-intersection stopping to help traffic flow

21 RECOMMENDATIONS 21 Improve intermodal connectivity with bike racks at bus hubs Posted schedule information Longer & more open shelters with seating Township & BID to work with bus shelter program to create new shelters & maintenance Partner with 3rd party advertiser – install "upgraded" shelters with rotating ads on them - the revenue assists with paying for routine maintenance

22 22 Payment in Lieu of Parking Communications & Marketing Administrative, Management, & Enforcement RECOMMENDATIONS: Parking

23 23 ENVIRONMENTAL AND INFRASTRUCTURE

24 RECOMMENDATIONS: Environmental 24 General cleanup to remove natural & manmade debris - limit damming/flooding & improve aesthetics Stormwater capacity & flood mitigation controls Pocket parks Greenway connections

25 25 Morris Avenue Mountain Avenue “Daylighting” Open piped sections for more natural streambed Could include opening buildings on Morris and/or creating public space near the library Connection to a larger green system

26 A C D 69% OPEN SPACE – NATURAL SYSTEMS E None of the choices

27 27 Most Liked

28 Most Liked

29 29 Traditional “Colonial” style Individual facades rather than larger-appearing uniform buildings 3-story “expression line” – deep cornice or setback upper floor Active street frontage Quality signage and materials RECOMMENDATION: Redevelopment Design Guidelines

30 30 Quality signage, lighting and materials

31 31 Most Liked

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