HAR MO N I HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE Meeting Structure Welcome HARMONI Procedures INDOT Presentation SKA Review Exhibits & Comment YOU Close Hearing 9 PM HAR M O N I HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE Welcome Cindy Zweber-Free Vice President HARMONI (317) 727-7125 email@example.com HAR M O N I HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE Who is HARMONI? Where is Midtown? HARMONI Supported Initiatives HAR M O N I HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE HARMONI • Founded in 2007 • Became a nonprofit 501c3 organization in April 2008 Harmoni’s Mission: Enhance Midtown’s sense of place and district identification to keep it beautiful, walkable, bikeable, and sustainable. Promote local businesses, cultural institutions, and tourist destinations. Attract community and business development, including comprehensive infrastructure improvements and transit options. Serve as a catalyst for sound practices in business enhancement and residential renovation. Make Midtown prosper and inspire surrounding HAR M O N I areas to develop in an equally positive way. HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE Midtown The Midtown District is: Broad Ripple • a destination Village • the geographic area between the White River, Fall Creek/Michigan Alice Road, and the Monon Trail Carter Place Street • a valuable economic and cultural asset to the City of Indianapolis • home for approximately 40,000 M I D T O W N residents..............and Meridian • home to many of the City’s most State venerable institutions of culture IMA Fairgrounds 38th Street and learning North Midtown vision The Midtown District Vision is: Broad Ripple • that with community support AND Village strategic public policy and private sector investment, Midtown will Alice exceed its original condition and Carter be restored to an exceptional Place Street place to live – Rejuvenate the neighborhoods – Revive all business areas and M I D T O W N nodes Meridian State Until the entire Midtown area is IMA Fairgrounds thriving and sustainable. 38th Street North HARMONI Supported Initiatives • ENVISION Broad Ripple Sessions – Improvements on Broad Ripple Avenue • ENVISION Maple Road/38th Street Sessions • ENVISION College Avenue Sessions • Midtown Masterplan • Midtown LOVES LOCAL campaign • Midtown Holiday Home Tour (Nov. 13-14, 2010) • Safe Routes To Schools – St. Thomas Aquinas – Center for Inquiry/Immaculate Heart of Mary School • Westfield//Meridian Improvement Plan (formerly called Phase 1) recently received a Transportation Enhancement Grant • Alice Carter Place park at Westfield and Meridian Streets Alice Carter Place Park Donor Opportunities Support the Park • Buy a Brick Paver or Park Bench – 4” x 8” brick $150 each – 8” x 8” brick $350 each – Park Bench $2,000 each • Donate your time, energy or funds See us at the HARMONI table or go to: www.indyharmoni.org HARMONI thanks . . . • City of Indianapolis • Indianapolis MPO • Indianapolis DPW • Indy Parks and Recreation • Central Indiana Community Foundation and all the individuals in our community that have given of their time and financial resources HAR M O N I HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE HAR MO N I HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE Public Hearing August 3, 2010 Public Hearing Rickie Clark INDOT Public Hearings Manager (317) 232-6601 firstname.lastname@example.org Introductions Design Lead Storrow Kinsella Associates Inc (317) 639-3420 Meg Storrow, Principal email@example.com Michael Koslow, Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Other Design Team Members Crossroad Engineers – Surveying/Engineering Weintraut Associates – Historic Resources HNTB Corporation – Traffic Engineering How the Presentation is Organized 1. Project Descriptions 2. Purpose of the project 3. Proposed Improvements 4. Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts 5. Right-of-Way 6. Funding/Schedule 7. Procedure for Receiving Comments on the Project 8. Opportunity to View Exhibits Purpose of the Project • Pedestrian Connectivity and Safety • Traffic Calming, while maintaining traffic flow • Neighborhood District Identity Purpose of the Project Pedestrian Connectivity and Safety • Connect the neighborhood to the Canal Towpath and Greenway System • Connect the neighborhood to local business nodes • Provide connectivity within the neighborhood • Maintain and enhance pedestrian safety Purpose of the Project Traffic Calming • Slow down traffic while maintaining traffic flow • Sustain neighborhood character and value • Improve pedestrian safety and walkability Purpose of the Project Neighborhood District Identity • Appropriate street furnishings (light poles, sign posts, bike racks, etc.) • Compatible materials (brick paving, concrete sidewalks, concrete scoring patterns) • Landscaping (lush with seasonal interest, mitigate microclimate impacts) Project Descriptions Vision Plan • extents covered by an environmental study • shows full range of material choices and design recommendations • not all of the Vision Plan is funded Funded Projects Transportation Enhancement Project • a $500,000 grant: 80% is federal dollars / 20% match by HARMONI ($100,000) • focused on improving pedestrian connectivity at Meridian/Westfield 56th Street Sidewalks • from Illinois Street to Washington Boulevard • funded by the City Alice Carter Place • challenge grant of $50,000 received from CICF • HARMONI needs to raise an additional $50,000 Traffic Calming Study Goals • Continuous flow for most vehicles on green cycle at a reasonable speed • Gaps between platoons of vehicles to allow cross traffic at unprotected intersections and driveways • Maintain traffic volume • Maintain and enhance pedestrian safety Existing Conditions • Street – 54th Street • 338th6 feet wide • 35 mph speed limit • 54th Street – Westfield Boulevard • 50 feet wide • 40 mph speed limit • Westfield Boulevard – Kessler Boulevard • 60 feet wide • 40 mph speed limit • Traffic Volume = 25,000 – 30,000 vehicles/day HARMONI HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE – NOVEMBER 21, 2008 Meridian Street Crash Data 39th Street – Westfield Boulevard, 2004 - 2007 Total Injury Highest Intersection Accidents Accidents Annual (yr) 54th Street* 28 9 13 ('05) 46th Street 25 7 11 ('04) 52nd Street 18 2 10 ('04) 56th Street 11 1 5 ('04) Westfield Blvd. 8 1 4 ('05) *54th Street accident types: Failure to yield 71% Following too closely 17% Unsafe speed 4% Improper lane usage 4% Other 4% HARMONI HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE – NOVEMBER 21, 2008 Pedestrian Recommendations • 57th Street Crossing • Consider Flasher • Consider Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon • Sidewalks (54th Street – Westfield Boulevard) • Provide 6-foot sidewalk (west side) • Widen existing sidewalk (east side) • Separate sidewalk from curb (both sides) • Sidewalks (Crossing Streets) • Provide 6-foot sidewalks where feasible • Give priority to 56th Street (safe routes to school) HARMONI HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE – NOVEMBER 21, 2008 Traffic Engineering Analysis Concluded • Retime signal system for 35 mph throughout – traffic will flow better, maintains volume • Install traffic signal at Meridian & 54th • Analysis supported traffic signal at Meridian & 43rd • DPW agreed to 4-way STOP at 56th & Central • Install sidewalks on Meridian north of 54th • Install sidewalks on cross streets (especially 56th) • Install motorist information speed signs HARMONI HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE – NOVEMBER 21, 2008 Vision Plan Project 58th Street 58th Street The Vision Plan extents are: W. 57th Street • Meridian Street from 54th to 57th, Laverock Alice Westfield Boulevard from Illinois to Carter Pennsylvania Street, and Illinois Place 57th Street E. 57th Street Street from Westfield to Laverock Road • 56th Street from Illinois to Washington Blvd 56th Street • Stop sign improvements at Central/56th Street Washington Blvd Pennsylvania St Meridian Street • New traffic signals on Meridian at Illinois Street 55th Street 54th and 43rd Streets. 54thth Street 54 Street Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Move sidewalks away from the curb and fill the gaps for sidewalk continuity • Meridian Street (both sides) from 54th to Westfield • Westfield Boulevard from Illinois Street to Pennsylvania Street • 56th Street (southside) from Illinois Street to Washington Boulevard • Illinois Street from Westfield Boulevard to Northview Drive New or Infill Sidewalks with Tree Lawn Vision Plan Proposed Improvement Raised Landscape Median along Alice Carter Place Frontage • shortens pedestrian crossings, and provides pedestrian refuge • slows traffic • contributes to neighborhood district identity Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Alice Carter Place Canal Towpath Raised Landscape Median along Alice Carter Place Frontage and Gateway Point Sculpture Plaza Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Meridian Street & Westfield Blvd. Intersection Improvements • safe pedestrian crossings protected pedestrian • turn lane restrictions crosswalk at bridge Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Pedestrian Crossing of Meridian Street from E. 57th Street to Alice Carter Place Park Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Special Pavement for the Meridian Street HARMONI th to Kessler; remains a turn lane center lane from 54NOVEMBER 21, 2008 HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE – Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Meridian Street Bridge Improvements • Raised median with landscape planters at ends • Pedestrian / bicycle refuges at ends and center of Canal Towpath Trail crosswalk • Wayfinding signage and decorative lighting as gateway identity elements Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Meridian Street Bridge Improvement Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Pedestrian signals and crosswalks at all signalized intersections Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Rectangular rapid flashing beacon at Meridian and 57th Street Improved Pedestrian Protection Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Yield to Pedestrian in Crosswalk Signage Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Speed limit signs with radar speed indicator show speed plus message “signals timed at 35 mph” Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Proposed traffic signal at 54th and Meridian with a restricted left turn lane during rush hour. Pending DPW traffic review. HARMONI HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE – NOVEMBER 21, 2008 Vision Plan Proposed Improvements Pedestrian Safety Four-way stop at Central and 56th Street in conjunction with improved sidewalks HARMONI HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE – NOVEMBER 21, 2008 Transportation Enhancement Project – utilizes federal funds Construction to begin in 2011 • Pedestrian Connectivity at the Intersection • Traffic Calming • Neighborhood Identity Does not include brick paving in the turn lane or other vision plan RMON H Amaterials andIfinishes due to funding constraints HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE – NOVEMBER 21, 2008 56th Street Sidewalks – city funded project Construction to begin in 2011 • Sidewalks on south side of 56th St. from Illinois St. to Washington Blvd. • Uses the parking lane on the south side, no impact to existing properties HARMONI HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE – NOVEMBER 21, 2008 Alice Carter Place Proposed Improvements (donor opportunities available) • Meandering Pathways and Main Path provide connectivity to sidewalk system • Gateway Point Sculpture Plaza • Connection to Canal Towpath and Overlook Meridian Street • Positions the park for future Alice Carter enhancements Place Environmental Documentation 1. State Historic Preservation Office determined a “No Adverse Effect” finding. 2. The draft environmental document will be available August 4 on the www.indyharmoni.org website. 3. A hardcopy of the environmental document is also available at Public Hearing Station 5 . 4. The final Environmental Document will be available at www.indyharmoni.org Schedule/Funding Federal Aid Projects Phase 1 / Transportation Enhancement 2011 $500,000 Future Phases (as funding becomes available) TBD Locally Funded Projects 56th Street Sidewalks 2011 $293,000 Alice Carter Place Phase 1 2011 $100,000 Future Park Development (as funding becomes available) Procedure for providing comments 1. Visit Station 3 to give written comments. You may also take a comment form to fill out and mail in. Comments will be received until August 17. or you may 2. Visit Station 4 to record a verbal comment into a recorder. or you may 3. Email the Design Team with a comment at email@example.com or you may Speak informally with Design Team members at Stations 6, 7, and 8. These conversations will not be part of the public record. however. Opportunity to Comment and View Exhibits We will now accept public comments. If you signed up to comment, please come forward to the microphone. HAR MO N I HISTORIC MIDTOWN INITIATIVE Thank you for participating in this exciting project!
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