Downtown Development Precedents

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Downtown Development Precedents
Whitehorse
Riverfront
Gateway Promenade Area
development of neglected area near downtown with social issues
development plan for downtown area by waterfront
aerial view 2009
East Village - existing site plan
Downtown South is uniquely positioned at the water’s edge of the Yukon
River. Scenic views and southern exposure make it an ideal location for use as
a mixed commercial/residential promenade.
Dartmouth, NS - waterfront
Dartmouth Cove Comprehensive Plan
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what have other
cities done to
improve their
downtown
Calgary, AB - east village
Dartmouth Cove in the 1880s
Dartmouth Cove in the 1950s
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2000 - downtown Dartmouth Secondary Planning Strategy
July 2011
D OWNTOWN SOUTH
Master Plan
Conceptual rendering of
Gateway Promenade area
produced during charrette.
The portion of Robert Service Way
that forms the southern boundary
of Downtown South has significant
potential to become a thriving,
urban promenade. At present, the
area is characterized by large parcels
of underutilized land, fast-moving
traffic, and a main pedestrian route
(the Millennium Trail) which is poorly
connected to its surroundings.
Whitehorse
- riverfront developmentDowntown
plan South Master Plan - July 2011
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IDEAS TO TAKE AWAY
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Dartmouth Cove Land Use Development Plan
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increase density - accommodate new housing units Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Planning and Development Services
implementing housing strategy to reduce energy costs
partnering with non-profit organizations and territory governments (economic development)
provide recreational areas and community opportunities
enhance the area to become city-wide destination
street enhancements - encourage active transportation and improve traffic and parking issue
policy and regulation changes - allow for new uses and building heights
East Village - proposed development plan (currently under development)
IDEAS TO TAKE AWAY
• Implement relevant strategic city policies - efficient use of land, infrastructure and services
• support timely redevelopment (reduce time that land and buildings remain vacant)
• community and social development
• encourage a diversity of housing options (age, income and lifestyle groups)
• mixed-use developments - increase quality and accessibility of community facilities
• continue to provide services for homeless and those in transition
• improve public safety (clean, safe, pedestrian and cycling-oriented)
• make great streets (build to sidewalk, make streetfront visually and physically permeable)
• create public spaces at key nodes
• connect key areas and make the development as pedestrian friendly as possible
• use diagonal paths to cut through buildings and spaces
PRECEDENTS ideas from other cities
IDEAS TO TAKE AWAY
• create destination/anchor points
• need special spaces to draw people in and layer small attractions that work together
(restaurant, playground, etc.)
• use parks to connect destinations, not as destinations unto themselves
• avoid too much passive space or recreation (instead use to connect active areas)
• integrate seasonal & night activities & design for flexibility & adaptability
• create multi-purpose destination - avoid single-use developments
aerial view 1950
example of successful areas
in downtown Yellowknife
pedestrian movement
pedestrian movement
(through building)
vehicular movement
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YK Centre
East
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Corner of 49th Street & 50th Ave - Bookcellar, TD & YK Centre Mall
KFC
Coldwell
Bankers
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Streetscaping in front of the Bookcellar makes for more pleasant environment, provides parking and controls movement.
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Independent
Grocer
Shoppers
Drug Mart
YK Centre
Mall
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Black Knight
Pub
Elks Club
Book
Cellar
Northway Building
49th Street - Active zone between Shoppers and Black Knight
TD
Bank
Northern
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Anchor points (big box stores, grocery store (to left), local shops and offices and pub make for an active area
Post Office
A&W
Main Street
Donair
Corner of 48th Street & 50th Ave
Passages through mall allow for ease of access and shelter from the winter winds
Aerial view of area by Shopper`s Drug Mart, YK Centre & Independent Grocer
Passages through mall, shops and grocery store allow for flexible pedestrian movement, ease of access to different areas and shelter from the winter winds.
Yellowknife precedent - 49th & 48th st by shoppers, independent & yk centre

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