North Ave Streetscape

Funding the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan

Since the launch of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan, the partners have been promoting the plan widely.  For background on this initiative, a partnership between Druid Heights CDC, Coppin Heights CDC, Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, Neighborhood Design Center, and 7th District City Councilman Nick Mosby, go to the RHIC website.

In recent months the first funds for implementation have started to be put in place.

Tree Canopy Improvements by Blue Water Baltimore

In June 2016, Blue Water Baltimore announced the planting of 225 street trees in the first phase of increasing the West North Avenue tree canopy.  The finished project will include 450 street trees and the removal of three-quarters of an acre of concrete.  The leadership of State Delegates Antonio Hayes and Brooke Lierman, and Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby helped Blue Water Baltimore to achieve funding to implement this aspect of the Master Plan.

Maryland Department of Transportation

This past spring, the Maryland Department of Transportation and Baltimore City Department of Planning met with West North Avenue Partners, including RHIC, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Penn North Community Association, Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation, Neighborhood Design Center, Councilman Nick J. Mosby, and No Boundaries Coalition to discuss their application for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant that would significantly help fund the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan. That grant was awarded and Baltimore will receive $10 million to pay for "dedicated bus lanes and new bike facilities, enhancements at Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) metro and light rail stations, improvements at major bus stops and sidewalks, streetscaping and roadway re-pavement," for about 5 miles of North Avenue. This is the most significant funding that would implement parts of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan to date.

Baltimore City Department of Transportation

Baltimore City Department of Transportation has identified an area around Pennsylvania and North for investment that will target some key priorities of the Master Plan.  The target area is North from Carey to just past Woodbrook and on Pennsylvania from just north of the CVS driveway to Cumberland.

The plans include planting 45 street trees, and some tree pits are being widened.  Each tree pit will have the decorative low fencing around it.  There are eight benches and eight trash cans being added to key intersections.  There are 10-15 pedestrian level lights being added on North Avenue from Carey to Woodbrook on both sides of the streets.  This includes new signal mast heads at the intersection, with pedestrian lead countdown signals/timers being added to the intersection.  New curb bump outs (curb extensions) with upgraded ADA surfaces and ramps to shorten the crossing are planned for various intersections.  New, highly visible crosswalks are to be repainted. In addition, DOT is coordinating with the MTA on the latter’s plans for Penn and North as a transfer facility.

The funds to be used are federal funds, so all plans be approved by the federal Highway Administration.  DOT hopes for the work to be bid out in summer 2017.


 

Together, these are tremendous investments that will better connect the neighborhoods along West North Avenue, improve pedestrian use of North Avenue, and contribute to the economic revitalization of West Baltimore.  The works of hundreds of people in producing the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan is coming to fruition.

 

West North Avenue in Full Bloom

Readers may have noticed the North Avenue median strips awash in yellow in recent days.

As part of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan, dozens of volunteers from communities all along West North Avenue planted thousands of bulbs.  We want to offer Reservoir Hill's own Russ Moss special thanks for bringing his unique approach to planting lots of bulbs quickly to bear on this project, and making sure this massive planting effort happened.

In a wonderful West Baltimore collaboration, neighborhoods and organizations from the Jones Falls bridge west to Hilton have been working with Neighborhood Design Center to create a streetscape master plan that will make West North Avenue safer and more welcoming for all users, and a better connector of the neighborhoods that border it.

The plan is entering its third draft.  Read our proposals here!

Happy Spring!

 

VERY IMPORTANT REQUEST! Please take the West North Avenue Streetscape Survey this week

Lakeside area residents in Reservoir Hill discuss the West North Avenue Streetscape recommendations with Laura Bowe Wheaton from Neighborhood Design Center

Please take the below survey on several recommendations that have emerged from the West North Avenue Streetscape planning process.  The survey closes on 30 March 2015.

TOGETHER WE ARE RE-IMAGINING WEST NORTH AVENUE!

These recommendations are part of the second draft of our Conceptual Master Plan.  More than 600 people have already taken part in the planning process.  Your input on this second draft will inform our third and final draft plan, to be released in late Spring 2015.  The plan will be provided to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation for consideration for implementation, and some elements may be implemented by participating community organizations.

Thank you for being part of the conversation!

Neighborhood Meeting for Central Reservoir Hill Streets

Lakeside area residents discuss prioritizing community improvements with City Planner Heather Martin.

You are invited to a

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

For residents of Newington, Brookfield and Callow south of Whitelock, Park north of Newington, and Whitelock from Brookfield to Park

Thursday, 26 March 2015 – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – RSVP requested
John Eager Howard Recreation Center, 2100 Brookfield Avenue
Free Refreshments provided
Please RSVP or direct questions to the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council office at 410.225.7547 or by email at elopatin@reservoirhill.net

Two major planning efforts are underway that can bring positive changes to Reservoir Hill
Please join us and offer your ideas

JEH Community Investment Strategy/INSPIRE
Investing in Neighborhoods and Schools to Promote Improvement, Revitalization, and Excellence

The renovation of John Eager Howard Elementary School is an extraordinary opportunity to create a strategic plan to guide public and private investment in Reservoir Hill.  150 people have already provided input to this planning process. Please join us as we discuss preliminary recommendations.  What do the streets and sidewalks in your part of Reservoir Hill need?  Are lighting improvements needed? We want your input on these and many other improvements for your neighborhood.

For information on this project go to the RHIC website at:
http://www.reservoirhill.net/jeh-community-investment-strategyinspire

This session will be facilitated by Baltimore City Department of Planning personnel

 

Making North Avenue Safer, More Attractive, and a
Better Connector of West Baltimore Communities

RHIC is working with community organizations along West North Avenue to develop a conceptual streetscape master plan. More than 600 people have already taken part in the process. As a result of that input, the second draft of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan is out. At this meeting we will review the second draft and talk about how you can give feedback to help shape a third and final draft. Your input is very important to ensuring we transform North Avenue into a safe, beautiful, welcoming connector of our communities.

For information on this project go to the RHIC website at:

http://www.reservoirhill.net/re-imaging-north-ave
This session will be facilitated by Neighborhood Design Center

 

 

 

New Visions for the North Avenue Bridge

As part of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan, a group of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) students have produced some visual examples of ways to make the bridge connecting Station North and Reservoir Hill more interesting and attractive. This creative effort by the MICA students is part of the West North Avenue Streetscape project, and the chosen design may be implemented in the years to come. 

Check out their ideas below.

At the April Reservoir Hill Community Meeting on 7 April we will be displaying these examples of their work.  We hope you are able to attend, take a look, and let us know what you think.

 


New Website for West North Avenue Streetscape Design – Please Take The Survey!

A new website has been opened for West North Avenue Streetscape Project.  We hope it helps make our proposals and process clear for everyone.  Go to: West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan. 

The site includes a survey that is now active.  Please help us by completing the survey here

There are three task forces developing concepts for three sectors of West North Avenue.  The Near West North Avenue Task Force continues reviewing the draft the second draft of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan.  Comments on the draft from Baltimore City Department of Transportation and other city agencies are currently being incorporated.  A public meeting to review and discuss the draft will be held but the date is still being determined.  Watch for notices.  Your ideas are very important to ensuring we transform North Avenue into a safe, beautiful, welcoming connector of our communities.  You can view the full draft on the RHIC website on Second Draft.


Second Draft of West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan Released!

Volunteers and RHIC staff talk to passersby at the summer snowball stand about their ideas for a new West North Avenue Streetscape.

Volunteers and RHIC staff talk to passersby at the summer snowball stand about their ideas for a new West North Avenue Streetscape.

We are very excited to announce that the second draft of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan has been released.  More than 600 residents and supporters have given input into the design. Thank you one and all!

The Near West North Avenue Task Force is reviewing the draft, and we have requested comments on the draft from Baltimore City Department of Transportation and other city agencies by 12 January 2015.  A public meeting to review and discuss the draft will be scheduled in January 2015.  Watch for notices.  Your ideas are very important to ensuring we transform North Avenue into a safe, beautiful, welcoming connector of our communities.

You can download the draft by clicking hereand the appendix to the draft by clicking here.

For background on the project, click here.

To offer comments or discuss the project, contact Rick Gwynallen at 410.225.7547, or by email at rgwynallen@reservoirhill.net.

First Review of Preliminary West North Avenue Streetscape Designs

Last night, neighbors and friends gathered at John Eager Howard Recreation Center to review the first set of preliminary designs for a new streetscape for West North Avenue.   Many thanks to Neighborhood Design Center staff and volunteers for their hard work, and to 7th District City Councilman Nick Mosby for pulling all of us together in the project partnership.

To date, more than 600 people have provided input for this set of designs for a new West North Avenue streetscape from Charles Street west to Hilton.  The single greatest outreach tool so far has been a snowball stand set up at different locations along North Avenue.  More than 450 people were reached through the snowball stand alone.  We’re very grateful to Baltimore Community Foundation for providing the funds for the stand, and Eli Lopatin of Whitelock Community Farm for organizing the snowball stand events.

Below, one of the snowball stand crews is meeting people on the North Avenue bridge.  Making this bridge a welcoming and safe, pedestrian friendly and bike friendly connection between West North Avenue communities and Station North is one priority of our project.

Neighborhood Design Center staff and volunteers led discussions at six stations, each station dedicated to a different aspect of the plan.

The stations included  Clearer Crossings,

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Multi-Modal Corridor,

Greening,

Identity and History,

Pedestrian Experience,

and Special Areas –Jones Falls Bridge, Pennsylvania Avenue, Coppin State.

 There was a lot of dynamic discussion . . .

and we collected a significant amount of input, which will be incorporated into a design that will be considered 65% complete.  We will post the results of this and the two similar workshops being held in other sections of North Avenue once it is all compiled.

 

And the snowball stand continued to attract attention!