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Program Auburn,
Washington August
2009 Resource Team Members Judith Kinnard, FAIA Tulane University, School of Architecture New Orleans, Louisiana Kathryn Rogers Merlino Asst. Professor of Architecture University of Washington Rick Sundberg, FAIA Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects Seattle, Washington Observations - Strengths •City-wide: –Dedicated and invested mayor and staff –Extensive park system –Abundance of natural resources: •river system, proximity of Mt. Rainier, scenic view corridors –Sense of civic and cultural identity: •public art, performing arts, cultural museums + history Observations - Strengths •Downtown Catalyst Area: –Proximity to transit (rail and bus) –Intact street grid / alleyways / good urban framework –Grocery stores + amenities –Medical services nearby –Walking distance to schools Observations - Strengths •Main Street: –Good sense of place: •local and independent businesses •pedestrian-friendly scale •abundant street plantings •distinctive sidewalks •variety of buildings and textures promote visual interest Observations - Opportunities Overall City Design and Planning –Harness energy from satellite destinations: •Supermall, Emerald Downs, Mary Olsen Farm, Muckleshoot Casino, Crystal Mountain, White River Amphitheatre, Park System, Interurban Bike System, White River Trail, and other park systems –Way finding / Signage: •increase visibility of existing businesses & amenities; •guide traffic through downtown –Connect existing transit to community resources: •support multi-modal transportation •consider future use of “Next Bus” system General Recommendations Create an urban design vision for the city •hire urban design consultant to articulate urban design vision •enlarge downtown design scope beyond existing catalyst area to support vision for a ‘destination downtown’ •consider how to connect easily with multi modal transportation methods to access downtown to and from residential areas and workplace •Design focused parking areas for easy access by visitors who visit satellite destinations around Auburn yet retain street character •Engage stakeholders for urban design vision •c i t i z e n s , b u s i n e s s o w n e r s , c o m m u t e r s , v i s i t o r s t o s h a r e a c o m m o n v i s i o n f o r a d e s t i n a t i o n d o w n t o w n Urban Design Recommendations •build upon existing and historic strengths: main street, historic street grid •design with downtown main street pedestrian scale in mind; height, massing, scale and texture to blend old Auburn with new Auburn through scale, massing, texture and appropriate pedestrian uses •Re-enforce the street grid, alley system, continuous street wall •Revisit 2005 storefront studio design guidelines to revitalize existing buildings and promote cohesive planning •Celebrate your strengths downtown –Create a central park that supports current activity and serves as a destination for citizens and visitors –Design with pedestrian scale in mind; places that make people want to walk, stay, play Draw from satellite sites with multi-modal transportation •Make destination downtown a secondary stop on way to mall, race track, historic sites of Mary Olsen Farm, bike paths, route to Crystal Mt., etc •Design ease of transportation from bike to bus, bus to train, etc. •Create a pedestrian downtown destination with a variety of uses Emerald Downs Mary Olsen Farm + Historic Sites Performing Arts Center + High School River Park System Supermall Stop overs to Crystal Mt. Extensive Park System Bike paths Create a vision for a larger Destination Downtown -historic core at center -design vision for growth around pedestrians, amenities and transportation Establish an Identity for design vision for downtown •What is unique about downtown? •What is the quality of life you want for downtown? •What current strengths can you build upon? •Historic street grid with Pedestrian quality + scale •Connection to transit •Amenities + entertainment •Civic events •History and culture of Auburn Design for identified pedestrian activity zones Create places for invitation to walk, stay and play pedestrian environment / best practices •Design crossings designed for people •Lights designed for maximum pedestrian ease day and night •Make it easy for people to move between destinations •Paved roads slow vehicular traffic heavy intersections such as Auburn Way •Consider creative public art to contribute to wayfinding and marking systems pedestrian environment / best practices •Mark Main Street as special by adding brick or textured paving •Consider creative public art to contribute to wayfinding and marking systems parking / best practices •Concentrate parking in surface lots in planned areas •Remove streetside parking on north side of Main street to allow street activity •Consider low cost paid parking to allow ease of parking for downtown (2 hour) to keep customer base actively turning over throughout day (and discourage employee parking) •Add plantings to parking lots and streets to add to buffer to pedstrians Pedestrian space / consider existing alleys as pedestrian space Create pedestrian places to walk, sit, stay and play •Build upon history of river + water •Places to sit and rest •Create visual interest and views •Places for play