Urban Design and Transportation Working Group Design and Transportation Working Group Ballard Urban Design Framework Meeting # 4: Streetscape June 19, 2014 Schedule of Topics June

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  • Urban Design and Transportation Working Group Ballard Urban Design Framework

    Meeting # 4: StreetscapeJune 19, 2014

  • Schedule of Topics

    June 3 Urban/Building Character

    June 19 Urban/Building Character/ Streetscape

    July 3 Streetscape/ Open Space

    July 17 BPSG Strategic Plan

    Aug. 7 Affordable Housing

    Sept. 4 Putting it together Preliminary Urban Design, Streetscape and Housing Strategies

    Late Sept. Community Meeting 2 - Urban Design, Open Space & Housing

    Followed by employment, transportation, refining strategies

  • Refine urban form character maps that will help adjust development regulations to better address the community's priorities and issues.

    Begin identifying street types; relate them to the urban form in order to help create streetscape concept plans that guide future street improvements.

    Todays Objectives

  • Create a hierarchy of great streets and public spaces (with special attention to Market Street as well as Ballard Avenue).

    Protect and enhance Ballard's thriving industries while ensuring appropriate balance between maritime/ industrial, office, retail, restaurants, nightlife, and livability of residents.

    Preserve the historic character of neighborhood areas.

    Encourage design quality and variety in the built environment.

    Address neighborhood areas that are likely to change.

    Balance the mobility needs of pedestrians, bicycles, cars, freight, and transit.

    Prepare for potential high capacity transit investment.

    Consider views and connections to iconic streetscape, nature, and the water.

    Participants in the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth process are concerned about recent development in Ballard (especially along Market Street between 17th and 26th) and expect the Urban Design Framework process to address this issue.

    Relevant UDaT Principles

  • Draft 6/19/2014

    EXISTING ROLE AND CHARACTER

    NW Market St NW Market St

    NW 54

    th St

    NW 56th St

    NW 57th St

    NW 58th St

    15th

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    14th

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    11th

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    11th

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    17th

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    20th

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    22nd

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    24th

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    28th

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    26th

    Ave

    nue

    NW

    Ballard Avenue NW

    Shilsole Avenue NW

    Leary Avenue NWRussell Ave NW

    Tallman Ave NW

    Barnes Ave NW

    NW Leary Way

    NW 45th Street

    Multifamily residential corridor with neighborhood commercial at intersections

    Multifamily residential core immediately adjacent to civic and commercial core. Variety of moderate-scale housing types including apartments, rowhouses and townhouses.

    Multifamily residential pocket in lowrise zone, surrounded by high density residential, institutional, industrial-commercial and intensely commercial land uses. Variety of moderate-scale housing types including apartments, rowhouses and townhouses.

    Medium size businesses, important regional traffic corridor

    Civic heartAttractive modern buildings

    Area immediately to civic heart and commercial core of Market Street, numerous surface parking lots, mix of neighborhood commercial and drive-through businesses

    New residential development

    New residential development with neighborhood and community serving commercial on street level

    Tourist destination

    New high density residential development

    Swedish Ballard and associated uses

    Industrial commercial areasimportant contributors to Ballards

    character and economy

    Industrial commercial areas important contributors to Ballards character

    and economy

    Character core / key to Ballards identity

    Mix of small businesses, area imedi-ately adjacent and similar to

    character core.

    Weekly goods and groceries

    Weekly goods and groceries

    The purpose of this diagram is to document the distinct roles and character of specific areas in the Ballard core. It establishes a baseline from which the UDaT will assess challenges and opportunities for the character of development.

    Weekly goods and groceries

    What we heard about urban character..

  • Draft 6/19/2014

    Typicallanduses Typicalzoning Lotsizes/Blocksizes BuildingTypes BuildingHeight StreetLevelUses ParkingLocation Landscaping ExistingRole Opportunities ChallengesModeratedensitymultifamilyresidential

    LR3,MRRC,withsomeNC1atintersections

    Mediumsizedparcels Apartments,rowhouses,townhouses

    Threefourfloors Primarilyresidential Side,rearorbeneathstructurefornewbuildings,orbetweenbuildingandsidewalk.

    Varied.Landscapingoftenusedtocreatescreeningbetweenbuildingandparkingorsidewalk

    Multifamilymediumdensityresidential Mayprovideappropriatecontextforfutureresidentialgrowthandchangewithlessimpactonthehistoriccore.Canaccommodateavarietyofbuildingsandhousingtypesinwalkabledistancetothecommercialandhistoriccore.

    Preservingexistingolderaffordablemarketratehousingandfamilyhousing

    Highdensitymultifamilyresidentialwithcommercialorresidentialusesonstreetlevel

    TypicallyNC365withpedestriandesignationalongsomestreets

    Largeparcels Apartmentbuildingovergroundfloorretailorresidential.

    Sixsevenfloors Mixofgroundlevelresidentialandcommercial(salons,drycleanersetc.)

    Typicallybeneaththestructure Openspacetypicallyinaccessibletopublic,sidewalkimprovementsandstreettrees

    Highdensityurbanresidentialcore Newhighdensityresidentialgrowthinthecoresupportslocalbusinessdistrict.

    Largelotssizes,largeEWblocksand60'facadesresultinsomeboxy,bulkybuildingsthatdonotrelatetohumanscale.Blandmaterialsanddetailing.Recessedshopfrontscreateshadowedandunattractivestreetlevelfacades,shopentrancesarenotprominent.

    Banks,drivethrough,surfaceparking,restaurants,neighborhoodcommercial

    NC365 Smallmediumparcels Singlestorycommercial Onetwofloors Mixofrestaurants,banks,hobbystores,parking

    Typicallybetweenthebuildingandsidewalk

    Verylittlelandscapingintheformofsmallhedgesortrees

    Thisareaisbetweentheneighborhood'scivicandcommercialcores.Anumberofsmallbusinessesprovideeverydayservices(hobbystores,banks)onthiscorridor.56thalsohasextensivesurfaceparkingforthecommercialusesonMarketStreet,creatingtoan'open'feelthatthecommunityappreciates.Atthesametime,multiplecurbcuts,verynarrowsidewalksandthediscontinuityofedgetreatmentandlandscapingbetweenparkingandsidewalkscreateanunwelcomingpedestrianexperience.

    Shouldtherebeanopportunityforadiversityofresidentialandcommercialuses?Manylotsinprimeareausedforsurfaceparking.Thelibraryandgreenfirebuildingssetupanattractiverelationshipbetweenbuildingandsidewalkthroughlandscaping,groundandupperlevelsetbacks,plazas,transparencyandactivestreetleveluses.Canthislanguageinformfuturedevelopment?

    Existingparkinglotsserveanimportantfunction.Maintainingthe'open'characteralong56thandserviceaccesstocommercialusesonMarketStreetisimportant.

    Library,restaurants,park,church NC365 Smallmediumparcels Modernmixeduseandinstitutionalbuildingsalongchurchandnewpark

    Twosixfloors Mixofrestaurantsandcivicorpublicspacesgeneratingalargevolumeoffoottraffic,prominententrances,buildingssetbacktocreateplazaspaceswithattractivecanopiesandahighleveloftransparency

    Beneaththestructure Generoussidewalkswithstreettreesinappropriatelysizedplantingbeds,streetfurnitureincludesbikeracks,benchesandart

    ThisareadefinesthecivicandcommunalheartintheUrbanVillage.Theareaisactivethroughthedaytime(includingweekdays).Alowervolumeofvehiculartrafficon56thand22ndandgenerouspublicspacesandsetbackscreateasafeandattractiveenvironmentforpedestriansandcars.Thedrugstoreisamajordestination.Existingusescatertochildren,theelderlyaswellasfamilies,manyofwhomwalktothesedestinations.

    Thrivingcommunityciviccorewithlargevolumeofpedestrians.Lowtrafficvolumesandattractiveandfunctionalmodernarchitecture.

    Ensuringthatnewbuildingsallowsolaraccesstoexistingpublicspacesandbuildingsandcontinuetostrengthenthepositivemoderndesignlanguageinthiscore.NewgroundfloorresidentialalongwesternedgeofBallardCommonshasapoorconnectionwiththepark.

    Restaurants,bars,boutiques,furnishingandhomewarestores,farmer'smarketonBallardAve,coffeeshops,restaurants,bars,bookshops,yogastudios,petstores,recordandartstores,musicvenues,hairsalonsetc.withofficeorcommercialabove

    NC365withapedestrianoverlay

    Smallparcels Historicbuildings,builttothepropertyline,withattractivefacades,ahighdegreeofdetailingonfacadesandtransparencyinshopfrontwindowsthatmeetthesidewalk,welldefinedentrances

    Onefourfloors Commercialgeneratingahighvolumeoffoottraffic,someoutdoorrestaurantseating

    Onstreetortotherearofthebuilding

    Varyingsidewalkswidthswithstreettrees.

    HighlywalkableandattractivecharactercoreofBallard.Gatheringplaceinthecommunity(recreationandmusic).Theareaisahubfornightlife,musicandrestaurantactivity.Anumberofcoffeeshopsandservicessuchasgyms,hairsalonsandbanksgenerateasignificantamountoffoottrafficinthedaytime.TheyearroundBallardfarmer'smarketdrawscustomersfromalloverthecity.

    24thAvenuecreatespotentialforaconnectionbetweencommercialcoreandShilsoleBay.Angledstreetintersectionscanbeimprovedtobemadesaferandattractive.

    Someofthepublicspaces(Marvin'sGarden,BergenPlace)aregreatspacesalthoughunderutilzed.Morelandscapingandwidersidewalksneededinsomeparks.Largenumberofbars.IntersectionsonLearycreatedisconnectbetweenareas.

    Furniturestore,realtor,musicvenue,insurancesales,cornerstore,taichiandQigongschool,medicalpractice,optician,FedEx,restaurant,caf

    NC365withapedestr