Granite Creek Corridor Concepts Presented at the July 7, 2021 community meeting. Please click HERE to view community meeting documents.
LAND USE & DESIGN
Concept 1: Organize the Corridor
Organize the Corridor into “Precincts” that help define key land uses and activities.
Concept 2: Connect the Corridor to the Creek by:
Creating a pedestrian-friendly, attractive, and amenity-rich alley with retail, dining, and other attractions between Willis & Aubrey Streets by connecting, improving, and providing amenities in the alleys (including Whiskey Row Alley) west of Montezuma Street.
Connect the Corridor to the Creek through east-west mid block greenways and pedestrian connections between Montezuma Street east of Granite Creek & McCormick Street west of Granite Creek. These connections would provide “windows” to Granite Creek. They could terminate in access to Granite Creek, areas for picnicking, dining, contemplation, or experiencing public art or cultural or historic sites.
Concept 3: Identify Intervention Opportunities
Consider identifying those sites that would provide significant opportunities for interventions to create east-west connections to the creek or provide activities that could connect the Corridor to Granite Creek. Potentially focus Phase I implementation of the plan in these areas. (NOTE: This is a conceptual drawing and does not imply or recommend any changes to existing uses.)
Put It All Together
Preliminary Draft Granite Creek Corridor Concept Plan
CIRCULATION & MOBILITY
Circulation / Mobility Goal:
Create a multi-modal (walk, bike, drive) district that supports a vibrant business environment.
Enhance pedestrian connections “above the bank” with shared-use paths, pedestrian crossings (bridges), signalized pedestrian mid-block crossings, crosswalks and/or signals, sidewalks on Goodwin, Willis and N. Granite Streets, and by creating a Whiskey Row Alley/Granite Creek “loop” path.
Encourage bicycle connectivity and use through shared streets, bike lanes @ non on-street parking, shared-use paths, bike share program, and bike parking.
Use a “complete streets” approach to calm vehicle speeds with a focus on Willis, Goodwin and S. Montezuma Streets, consider a mini roundabout at Willis/McCormick, new traffic signals at Montezuma/Aubrey, Goodwin/McCormick, Goodwin/Granite, Willis/Granite Streets, signals to control traffic patterns, signal progression to reduce congestion, and signalize mid-block pedestrian crossings.
Provide for future public transportation with integrated stops.
Encourage Rideshare and identify passenger loading zones (PLZ) and micro mobility hubs at PLZ’s.
Maximize parking availability by adding on-street parking where possible, adding a new parking garage in the northern portion of the corridor, using paid on-street parking, converting existing off-street parking lots to mixed use or open space.
SIGNING AND WAYFINDING
Wayfinding is viewed as a “toolkit” supported by digital and online resources. It is important to keep symbols and references consistent between the two.
Types of Wayfinding Markers & Signs
Within the wayfinding “toolkit” a variety of different markers and signs can be used (the images here are not representative of the shape or color of signs, they are for illustrative purposes).