Twin Aire, Comprehensive Redevelopment Plan
Citizens Energy Group (CEG) owned a 140-acre brownfield site – the location of a former Coke factory that closed its doors in 2007. CEG was awarded an EDA grant to complete a Assessment, Reuse and Implementation Strategy (ARI), while the adjacent neighborhood was also designated as a Great Place by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). This led to the decision to complete a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the area’s future. REA led a multidisciplinary team in the preparation of their master plan with specific focus on the urban design and the planning components. This large scale redevelopment seeks to be sensitive to the existing neighborhood while leveraging significant public investment.
Conducted in four distinct phases – Discovery, Visioning, Synthesis, and Action – the planning process involved significant integration of neighborhood input and partner engagement through multiple focus groups, strategic meetings, L.O.V.E. Committee Meetings, and an intensive design workshop. The resulting redevelopment plan includes a strong implementation framework, identifies public and private projects, phasing of projects, and cost opinions.
Providing guidance regarding future development of both the 140 acres and the larger neighborhood, the ARI Study outlines a series of improvements, including:
Maximize Job Creation
Creation of Walkable Blocks
Increase Mixed Use Development that Generates Activity
Return to the Traditional Grid Street Network:
Offer a Greater Mix of Housing
Buffer Adjacent Industrial Uses
Develop Community Gathering Spaces
Offer Multi-Modal Options that Enhance Connectivity
Provide for Public Service Facilities
Rich Amenity Infrastructure
This detailed Implementation Plan was prepared for both the redevelopment policies and physical projects, including goals, objectives and policies, with action steps, timing, partners, and funding sources. Physical projects are identified with detailed identification of each building, infrastructure, or site improvement project and their associated cost opinions, phasing, construction start and end dates, funding sources, and support parties. A detailed proforma provides an analysis of possible revenue sources and job creation opportunities.