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1 A Master Plan for the Revitalization of Decatur’s Downtown and Waterfront Alabama APA—Franklin M. Seltzer Outstanding Urban Design Project 2004 Award Recipient City of Decatur Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce LDR International/ HNTB Urban Design + Planning Urban Design/Planning RKG Associates, Inc. Economic Development + Implementation Strategies ENVISIONDECATURENVISIONDECATUR

2 Planning Process Task Force Meetings Over 50 Stakeholder Interviews Merchant Survey Neighborhood Group Work Sessions Chamber Board Presentations Planning Commission Presentations Council Presentations Public Meetings

3 Priority Areas of Focus Hudson Landing Gateway Brickyard Landing Railway Park – Bank Street Historic District West Town Village Decatur Commons Uptown Arts and Entertainment District

4 Envisioning the Districts: Hudson Landing The Hudson Landing Framework Plan… Expanded Professional Offices & Technology Companies Signature Office Buildings An Enhanced Urban Boulevard Character A New Decatur - Morgan County Visitor Center An Overlay District for Corridor Design Guidelines Envision the Route 31/6 th Ave. Entry Corridor with… An Expanded Waterfront Hotel/Conference Center

5 Evaluation of Community Assets & Liabilities Heritage Tourism Attractions Financial Presence The Visual Arts Commercial Services Youth and family Oriented Retail Clusters of Antique Stores Visitor Accomodations Specialty Retail Stores Professional Office Anchors Design Presence Building Renovations

6 Evaluation of Community Assets & Liabilities Second Avenue Linkage with Municipal Campus The Princess Theater Attraction Professional & Executive Office Clusters Moulton Street Retail Cluster Curry’s, The Brick and Café 113 Restaurant Cluster Nighttime Activity for Downtown Living Downtown Employment – Decatur daily The New West Town Mixed-use Village Center Church Campuses that Draw People Downtown

7 Identification of Economic Development Opportunity Sites

8 Envisioning the Districts: The Gateway Crossing Envision the Route 31 Causeway Crossing with… Trailhead Park Amenities for Day Park Visitors Native Plantings and Bike Trails to Wheeler Refuge Designated Bike Lanes Over the Hudson Bridge New City Gateway Signage at Day Park… Interpretive Signage for Causeway Trail Users The Gateway Crossing Plan… Night Lighting on the Hudson Bridge

9 Land Use Analysis by Individual District 1.The Gateway Crossing 2.Hudson Landing 3.Port Decatur at Wheeler Lake 4.East Side Commerce Park 5.Gateway Business Corridor 6.Delano Park Preserve

10 Illustrating the Vision: Hudson Landing Gateway Improvements

11 Land Use Analysis by Individual District 1.Downtown Historic District - Bank St. & Railroad Ave. 2.Court Square 3.City Center Gateway 4.The Avenues Uptown District - 2nd, 1st & Moulton Avenues 5.Five Points Gateway 6.Decatur Commons Campus

12 Envisioning the Districts: Bank Street Additional Antique Center Infill Mixed-use Development & Restaurants Arts and Crafts Studios Expanded Retail Offerings Upper Level Loft Development The Bank St. Redevelopment Framework Plan… Great Streetscapes Envision the Bank Street District with…

13 Envisioning the Districts: Downtown Historic District Railway Village, Excursions and Heritage Trail Themed Restaurants and Shops Interior Market House Mixed-use Buildings & Museums on Railway Park Railway Park Amenities and Community PavilionOutdoor Farmers Market Pavilion on Lee St. Railroad, Lee and Vine St. Framework Plan Envision Railroad and Vine Street with …

14 Concept Plans

15 Envisioning the Districts: The Avenues Uptown District Arts and Entertainment MarketplaceAdditional Lunch and Dinner Restaurants The Uptown District Framework Plan Additional Facade Improvements & StreetscapeArtist Co-op and Arts Academy Outdoor Dining Context sensitive Mixed-Use Infill Development New Multi-use Park and Plaza Spaces

16 Concept Plan

17 Illustrating the Vision: Uptown Arts and Entertainment District

18 Concept Plans

19 Illustrating the Vision: Brickyard Landing Marina Village

20 Immediate Agenda - Top 10 Action Items Policies: 1.Create a Downtown Development Authority and Hire a Director 2.Create and Information Brochure About Downtown Decatur’s Revitalization 3.Establish the Uptown Arts District and Create an Uptown Marketplace 4.Begin Negotiating Purchase Agreements and Land Banking Key Properties

21 Immediate Agenda - Top 10 Action Items Projects: 5.Complete the Causeway Improvements, Enhance Day Park and Redefine North Gateway. 6.Complete a First Phase Downtown Wayfinding System 7.Reestablish Bank Street Connection 8.Establish Railroad Quiet Zone at Railroad and Vine Streets and Create Railway and Civil Rights Museums 9.Initiate Brickyard Marina Development 10.Acquire Land and Raze Warehouse Buildings for Decatur Commons & Central Parkway Extension to Railroad Street

22 A Master Plan for the Revitalization of Decatur’s Downtown and Waterfront Alabama APA—Franklin M. Seltzer Outstanding Urban Design Project 2004 Award Recipient City of Decatur Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce LDR International/ HNTB Urban Design + Planning Urban Design/Planning RKG Associates, Inc. Economic Development + Implementation Strategies ENVISIONDECATURENVISIONDECATUR


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