Downtown Moorhead revitalization plan phone calls for extra housing, walkability

The solutions, drawn from what a person consultant called “unparalleled participation” by city people, include including extra housing, making streets extra walkable and big renovations of the Moorhead Middle Shopping mall and bordering assets.

The plan also calls for dividing downtown into a few “character districts” that would consist of:

  • The Moorhead Center District bordering the mall, with a attainable downtown plaza.

  • The Downtown Blended-Use District alongside Principal Avenue with extra day by day use and daytime organization operations.

  • The Imaginative Pioneers District east of Eighth Avenue would prioritize “inventive energy” and have community art attributes.

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Nationally-identified city setting up advisor David Dixon, who operates with the Stantec agency that formulated the prepare alongside with Downtown Moorhead Inc. and the town, mentioned in a presentation to city governing administration and business leaders that it is “just the appropriate time to do this.”

He explained in Moorhead and around the nation that a lot more men and women want to are living and do the job in downtown city configurations to experience extra connected to others and take pleasure in lively, walkable streets with dining establishments and entertainment.

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t improved this new period of “city chance,” Dixon claimed.

The system has been in development around the previous 15 months, even with the pandemic.

DMI Director Derrick LaPoint mentioned what he likes more than everything is that the “grassroots strategy” is created on that enter from hundreds of metropolis citizens and business folks who showed up at public gatherings ahead of the pandemic and done an on the net study.

On Dec. 14, he informed the Moorhead Metropolis Council that when they accredited the system on an 8- vote that there was a “ton of community engagement.”

Stantec Planner Beth Elliot, who worked thoroughly on the strategy with Dixon and other individuals, explained to the Metropolis Council that with the “unparalleled participation by town people that the program exhibits the greatest of everybody’s strategies.”

It could acquire yrs to develop into reality, explained LaPoint, who explained that the plan is flexible but information goals and techniques and has a few internet pages of companies and businesses that could aid with financing.

This is an architect's view of a new four-story apartment building in downtown Moorhead.  The structure features a ground-level, enclosed parking structure with apartments with balconies above.  Submitted drawing.

This is an architect’s check out of a new four-tale apartment setting up in downtown Moorhead. The construction options a floor-degree, enclosed parking composition with flats with balconies higher than. Submitted drawing.

As for housing, which is between the critical sections of the plan, Dixon reported 80% of new homes in the coming decades will be singles and partners with out young children with a lot of intrigued in downtown dwelling. Thus, he stated, including 1,000 more housing units downtown can be a fact and be a part of the a lot more than 250 units that have currently been developed in the past handful of many years by developers.

That housing, Elliot stated, will deliver the men and women to assist the new or present retail, leisure and office environment assignments essential to improve downtown.

Dixon explained the four critical initiatives or strategies to ignite the downtown extra right away or in the up coming couple of yrs are:

  • Scheduling and utilizing present area to bring extra folks downtown for activities.

  • Rethinking what to do with the Moorhead Middle Mall and Town Corridor as it really is the main catalyst for revitalization.

  • Doing the job with the Minnesota Division of Transportation on the strategy for the recently funded 11th Road railroad underpass that cuts by the jap section of downtown and will be a vital as a crossroads with perform scheduled to get started as early as 2023.

  • Getting the City Council identify what eventually to do with Woodlawn Pointe together the Purple River on the southwest edge of downtown.

Also among the most immediate endeavours will be reconstructing Middle Avenue next to the shopping mall from the river to Eighth Road. That is slated for do the job in 2022.

With that extend of avenue referred to as the focal level of downtown, strategies call for earning the roadway into a 3-lane with wider sidewalks and parking places alongside the road. A lot of underground utility work has currently been completed on the avenue.

Dixon stated there are a lot of alternatives for the mall, which include dividing it and owning streets operate by means of the place. He mentioned he also hopes the mall will open up to the close by riverfront.

LaPoint said early perform will to start with target on fringe regions of the shopping mall these as in the parking loads or close by properties, and supplying entry to the river. Roers Advancement Corporations of Fargo, which has signed an arrangement with the town to establish the mall, is continuing talks with the shopping mall and retail outlet house owners on how to carry on.

As for the 11th Road underpass, Elliot reported the hopes are to have a “funky flavor to it,” potentially with murals on the retaining partitions and distinctive lights to add to pedestrian and bicycle shared-use pathways in and around the two-block venture with community eco-friendly areas and area for enterprise progress web sites surrounding the region.

This photograph shows how the railroad underpass would go under two sets of rail tracks on 11th Street on the eastern edge of downtown Moorhead.  This is a view of the project looking south with the Hornbachers grocery store in far top of the photo.  Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation / Special to The Forum

This photograph shows how the railroad underpass would go beneath two sets of rail tracks on 11th Avenue on the jap edge of downtown Moorhead. This is a see of the undertaking searching south with the Hornbachers grocery store in considerably top of the picture. Courtesy of the Minnesota Office of Transportation / Exclusive to The Forum

For the area around Woodlawn Pointe, the approach requires to be determined by the Metropolis Council, which owns a massive location wherever the town electrical power plant was previously positioned. The system implies incorporating extra housing, a restaurant or other public features and growing general public entry to the riverfront.

Just before any get the job done could carry on, ‚Äúdevelopers would require course on what to do,” Elliott stated.