Master Plan – Adoption on the agenda

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 18, 2014
This slide shows the land-use plan suggested in the update to the city's downtown master plan.

This slide shows the land-use plan suggested in the update to the city’s downtown master plan.

Avondale Estates City Commissioners will consider adopting an update to the city’s downtown master plan on Thursday, March 20.

The adoption of the master plan is on the agenda for a special called meeting, following the regular work session that begins at 5:30 pm. The city commission meets at 21 North Avondale Plaza, and meetings are open to the public.

City commissioners held an additional public input session on March 13, as a result they made some changes. Commissioners will amend the block between the extension of Center Street and Oak Street along a new street to include green space. The green space is intended to break up the block size and will reduce the amount of town homes that can be developed there. Commissioners also will include drawings presented by John Threadgill and David Sacks during the March 13 work session as an addendum to the plan.

The city paid for the update with a $64,000 grant from the ARC. The draft document divides the city into six distinct districts: :Tudor Village, Mill District, Northern Gateway, the Rail Arts District, Northside Avondale and the Western Gateway. The city’s consultant identified $28 million in potential transportation improvements for the city. To read the full draft, click here.

The city’s consultant said the plan’s recommendations could create 919 new housing units, with 107 detached single family residences or townhomes. The rest would be rental or for sale multifamily housing. It could also add 166,350 square feet of retail and 55,500 square feet of office space.

Also on the agenda:

– City commissioners will consider awarding a contract for design services as part of improving Willis Park. Plans call for designing and building an open air pavilion.

– City commissioners will consider awarding a contract for the demolition of 68 and 70 North Avondale Road and the Ray’s TV sign at 90 North Avondale.

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