The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) and the Center for Cities & Schools (CC&S) at the University of California, Berkeley, today released "TOD 205 - Families and Transit-Oriented Development: Creating Complete Communities for All," the seventh in the Federal Transit Administration-sponsored series of reports explaining the best practices of transit-oriented development.
A 40-acre parcel adjacent to the light-rail stop under construction at the Denver Federal Center could be sold in the next two years. The General Services Administration, or GSA, which owns and manages property for the federal government, plans to start the wheels rolling for the sale within the next six months ... Read On
Urban renewal and city center development for communities of all sizes have become urgent priorities throughout the country, as the disadvantages of suburban sprawl become more and more apparent. ... Revitalized stations and multimodal transportation centers can serve as critcal anchors for urban redevelopment efforts, because a key potential benefit of an urban center location is its accessibility for regional employment and business exchanges.
Not long ago, downtown Plano was the nearly forgotten commercial center of a farming community displaced by metropolitan expansion. Today, downtown Plano is reemerging as an urban center, stimulated in part by the coming of light rail transit. New development containing nearly 500,000 square feet of floor area was recently completed, adding 463 urban apartments and 40,000 square feet of non-residential development to the compact 80-acre downtown. Historic commercial and civic buildings are being restored, including the adaptive reuse of the city’s first school gymnasium (built in 1938) as a performing arts theater; and new single-family housing is contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods adjoining downtown. Plano provides insight on the use of light rail transit (LRT) and the principles of new urbanism to create an urban activity center within the context of older commercial development and as a sustainable development strategy for a maturing suburban city.
As they rush to plan a new arena for the Sacramento Kings and major concerts, are city officials putting a long-planned downtown transit center at risk? Plans unveiled last week for an 18,000-seat arena on city land behind the downtown depot have some transit advocates worried... Read On
New York Liberty Development Corp., a state arm funding the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, pulled a $900 million tax-exempt offering, blaming "market considerations," according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc... Read On
The Utah Transit Authority (“UTA”) is requesting qualifications and financial proposals from responsive, responsible, qualified parties interested in developing 48 acres of property at the UTA 10000 South Sandy Civic Center TRAX station in Sandy, UT. The objective is to build a village that will increase ridership, be high-density mixed use, be a livable community, generate long-term revenue, integrate the station and development in a manner that will encourage and support transit use. The Property is owned by UTA and is within a ¾ mile walking distance of the REAL soccer stadium, Sandy Exposition Center, Sandy City Hall, Sandy Business Park, and SouthTowne Regional Shopping Mall. The site will also have a direct connection to the Dimple Dell preserve providing bicycle, pedestrian and horse trail connections to the Wasatch Mountain Range. Portions of the site are elevated providing expansive views of the Wasatch Mountains and the Salt Lake valley. The selected…
The Charlotte Parking Collaborative is currently being implemented with a real time Parking and Wayfinding System that overcomes the perception that parking is not readily available in Charlotte’s CBD. The project conveys the feeling of a parking “system”, helps visitors find venues and parking more easily, and will facilitate balancing the parking supply with growing transit service while providing congestion mitigation and air quality benefits.
Presentation to the Council of State Community Development Agencies Housing Training Conference. This session was part of the CSCDA training seminar for housing program managers on the issues of transit-oriented development and the role states can play in implementation. The panel included presenters from California and Massachusetts.