The combination U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Tiger II & U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Community Challenge grant will provide funding to plan for the future of the Parkview Gardens neighborhood in University City, Missouri. The City and its nine partners; Parkview Planning Partners (PPP) will conduct a planning approach that encompasses the following areas:
The development and sustainability plan will study improvements to traffic networks and connections to adjacent residential neighborhoods; way-finding and signage; and bike and pedestrian connections to the Centennial Greenway, MetroLink bus and light rail stops and the Delmar Loop Trolley line, retail services and employment centers.
The Parkview Gardens plan will include chosen locations for infill development along with architectural plans for “green” affordable homes that will allow University City to make wise investments to promote equitable, affordable housing include: developing additional affordable housing options in the area, increasing connectivity to public transportation options to decrease the combined housing and transportation costs, identifying financial tools to reduce housing cost (such as weatherization funding and location-efficient mortgages), and increasing the number of energy-efficient housing units with low-cost utilities, developed or remodeled using standards such as LEED and Energy Star.
Parks will be redesigned and relocated to create new open space, public gathering, and locations for public art and performing arts. The parks will be the center of community living in this densely populated diverse neighborhood.
In order for this neighborhood to thrive the study will include a market analysis and feasibility study to determine the economic development strategy and the integrated funding strategy. All aspects of the study (transportation, housing and parks) will have an environmental study and design guidelines for a sustainable neighborhood.
The grant includes a comprehensive communication piece, primarily web based, for the purpose of engaging the community and educating other communities on replicating our work. We also have an extensive measurement component to gage our success upon implementation.