[MissoulaGov] Catlin project & centers
ethelmacd at gmail.com
Sat Mar 5 10:14:43 MST 2011
I really like your ideas, Greg, especially "Maybe it is possible for us to
sketch out a mini-plan for Third & Russell like the Downtown Plan that
doesn't require out of town consultants and a lengthy process. Connect the
dots of the GFS, the Milwaukee Trail expansion, how to handle the
intersection and the changes in those two main streets, and how to design a
pleasing mix of well designed housing that includes the Catlin project."
I hate the hundreds of thousand$$ spent on consultants unfamiliar with
our history, etc. Of course, this whole discussion, esp. parking
requirements, brings up Russell-3rd reconstruction and transportation
projections. Many of us think we need to get a new vision of those
transportation projections that includes rising fuel prices, peak oil &
global warming, increased awareness of the benefits of bike/walk/transit
choices, and the fact that traffic projections based on past growth can be
wrong! I agree, more varied, affordable, denser housing here would be good
-- IF & also because -- it would make it more practical, possible, and even
attractive for people to actually live without a vehicle -- or at least,
just one per household!
On Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 8:19 AM, Gregory Oliver
<gregory.d.oliver at gmail.com>wrote:
> The discussion about the proposed Catlin project behind the GFS causes me
> to think about centers and connecting the dots. I think the most promising
> way to think about locating multifamily housing and significantly increasing
> density is location in terms of centers. Building density out from the
> centers. I think three current center hot spots that fit the bill are
> 1) Russell & Broadway, 2) Third and Russell, and 3) somewhere on Brooks. I
> find it useful to draw a 1/4 mile radius (the distance that people will
> readily walk) and 1/2 mile radius about these centers and consider what is
> possible and desirable in the future. I am intrigued with community design
> that leads to more walking, biking and access to transit as well as suitable
> housing for the shifting demographics- more for singles, people in their 20s
> and 30s without children, older people. These three center locations have a
> lot going for them in terms of core ingredients, timing, amenities, recent
> investments and investment potential, and potential or emerging amenities
> that could be supported with more people nearby.
> Maybe it is possible for us to sketch out a mini-plan for Third & Russell
> like the Downtown Plan that doesn't require out of town consultants and a
> lengthy process. Connect the dots of the GFS, the Milwaukee Trail
> expansion, how to handle the intersection and the changes in those two main
> streets, and how to design a pleasing mix of well designed housing that
> includes the Catlin project. Come up with some tradeoffs for parking within
> the scheme. I remember the grand schemes of Champion Millsite having
> building heights feathered in from the existing neighborhoods. Possibly much
> of this has already been done in previous planning.
> This section of town is a prime, very important place and one of Missoula's
> big opportunities. We should pursue ways to think about the Catlin project
> in terms of this larger context. I think it is very important for our final
> transportation planning for Third and Russell area to be done with the goal
> of consciously building these centers and prioritzing resources to be
> invested accordingly.
> Greg Oliver
> Missoula, Montana
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