Teddy’s To Do List

TEDDY’S TO DO LIST


In honor of our namesake, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Teddy’s “TO DO LIST” is a tool to track the accomplishment of short-term, mid-term and long-term priorities for the area.

Survey respondents and stakeholders have identified a range of projects for implementation that will require resources, time and partnerships to achieve Roosevelt Row CDC has already accomplished a significant amount in a short period of time with extremely limited resources.

 

Recent accomplishments, checked off on “Teddy’s TO DO List” include:

[ ✔ ] PRODUCE A NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DIRECTORY.

[ ✔ ] CREATE BILLBOARD MAP of the area for way-finding.

[ ✔ ] PRODUCE A WEBSITE AND WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER.

[ ✔ ] PLANT MORE THAN 100 NEW SHADE TREES.

[ ✔ ] ENGAGE MORE THAN 1,000 VOLUNTEERS TO IMPROVE THE AREA.

[ ✔ ] PRODUCE OVER 100 EVENTS that have attracted and served more than 1.5 million visitors in the district.

[ ✔ ] DEVELOP AND ENCOURAGE TEMPORARY USES to activate the area’s “missing teeth” (vacant lots).

[ ✔ ] DEVELOP INDIVIDUAL AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM.

[ ✔ ] REVISIT AND REVISE THE MASTER PLAN FOR MARGARET T. HANCE PARK to improve public amenities, programming, visibility, and usage by residents, students, and visitors.

Areas to focus on for now and the future, based on survey results, include: 

  • ESTABLISH CONSISTENT DISTRICT DESIGN STANDARDS for all public right- of-way improvements that are consistent with and reinforce the character of each historic and mixed-use neighborhood along the Roosevelt Street corridor including Garfield, Evans Churchill, Roosevelt, F.Q. Story and Oakland University Park
  • ENSURE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT COORDINATION AMONG PLANNING AND DESIGN OF IMPROVEMENTS AND PROJECTS.
  • UNDERGROUND ALL OVERHEAD UTILITIES within the district, including the 69kv powerlines along East Roosevelt Street.
  • IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE PARKING MANAGEMENT STRATEGY for each neighborhood in the corridor.
  • DEVELOP, ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN FOR DISTRICT PUBLIC PARKING to support the growing number of businesses that serve the area.
  • INSTALL WAY-FINDING AND SIGNAGE.
  • IMPLEMENT A PROPERTY TAX INCENTIVE similar to that established for historic owner-occupied properties to allow for a temporary long-term freeze on owner-occupied arts uses within the district.
  • EXEMPT SALES OF ORIGINAL ONE-OF-A-KIND ART sold in the district from city, county and state sales tax.
  • ENCOURAGE ADAPTIVE REUSE AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION of existing historic, vintage and otherwise distinctive existing building stock.
  • ENCOURAGE BUILD OUT TO THE HIGHEST CURRENTLY ZONED DENSITY in the Evans Churchill neighborhood.
  • PROMOTE FRIDAYS IN PHOENIX to build upon the initial success of First and Third Fridays.
  • CONVERT 333 EAST PORTLAND STREET INTO A COMMUNITY THEATER AND EVENT SPACE.
  • DEVELOP SPECIAL CHARACTER DISTRICT around the last two contiguous blocks of the original 1888 Churchill Addition, the two blocks between Roosevelt Street and Garfield and Fourth Street and Sixth Street.
  • ESTABLISH A BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT.
  • ESTABLISH A FINANCING/MICRO-LOAN PROGRAM for arts-related projects and uses.

 

To contribute a suggestion for Teddy’s To Do List, to learn about ways to participate, or to support the work of Roosevelt Row CDC, please send an email to create@rooseveltrow.org.

 

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