Streetscape Plan - Village of North Syracuse, NY

Report
VILLAGE OF NORTH SYRACUSE
VILLAGE CENTER STREETSCAPE PLAN
2014
Prepared by:
CHA Consulting Inc.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Plan Overview …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Project Goals ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
Issue Identification …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
South Main Street Issues …………………………………………………………………...................... 4-7
North Main Street Issues .…………………………………………………………………………………… 8-11
Church Street Issues ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
Streetscape Plan Recommendations …………………………………………………..................... 13-14
South Main Street Overview ………………………………………………………………………………… 15
South Main Street Recommendations ………………………………………………………………….. 16-18
North Main Street Overview ………………………………………………………………..................... 19
North Main Street Recommendations …………………………………………............................ 20-22
Main Street Intersection Recommendations ………………………………………..................... 23
Church Street Recommendations ………………………………………………………………………… 24-25
Conclusion …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 26
VILLAGE CENTER STREETSCAPE PLAN
The purpose of the North Syracuse Village Center Streetscape Plan is to outline improvements to
the Village Center’s public space that will create a vibrant, charming, walkable, shopping and
business center.
This plan presents an in-depth, visual analysis of the function and appearance of Village Center
from the pedestrian and vehicular perspective. Recommended design strategies and
opportunities for additional street tree canopy and stormwater management features are
presented in the last section of this plan.
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The project goals provided below for the Village’s streetscape and pedestrian and vehicular circulation
guided the preparation of the Village Center Streetscape Plan. The recommended actions are defined as a
means to realize each goal.
Streetscape
Goal
Make each street a safe, pleasant,
and attractive place to walk, shop
and conduct business.
Recommended Action
- Add street trees, decorative
pavement, and pedestrian
lighting.
- Add pedestrian amenities such
as benches and trash cans.
- Consolidate and relocate utility
poles.
Pedestrian Circulation
Goal
Create a safe walking environment
for pedestrians traveling within the
Village Center.
Recommended Action
- Provide safe street crossings.
- Provide a buffer between
pedestrians and moving
vehicles.
- Reduce driveway widths.
- Reduce curb cuts.
- Ensure ADA-compliant curb
ramps are in place.
Vehicular Circulation
Goal
Provide a safe corridor for
vehicle movement within an
acceptable level of service and
ease of travel.
Recommended Action
- Enforce existing speed limit.
- Synchronize traffic signals.
- Improve intersections and
crossings for safety and
clarity.
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A review of the streetscape and circulation issues
within the Village Center focused primarily on Main
Street (Route 11), Church Street and the
intersection of Chestnut Street, Main Street and
Centerville Place.
The following pages provide photos with a
description of issues noted in the following order:
I. South Main Street (Fergerson Ave.- Chestnut
St./Centerville Pl.)
II. North Main Street (Chestnut St./Centerville Pl. to
Gertrude St.)
III. Church Street
It was determined that an in-depth review of
Centerville Place would not be necessary because of
its recent improvements.
Study Area
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South Main Street Issues
1
Parked cars back into moving traffic. No
pedestrian walkway.
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2
Damaged sidewalk/curbing. Does not support
pedestrian safety. Damaged crosswalk, no ADA
ramp, lacking streetscape qualities. No sense of
arrival to Village Center.
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South Main Street Issues
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3
Driveway too wide and close to adjacent
drive. Driveways interrupt pedestrian flow.
Lack of buffer.
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4
Prohibited parking in unused designated
space. Inconsistent sidewalk width and
material. Lacking streetscape qualities.
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South Main Street Issues
5
Wide driveways, cars allowed to park in front
of buildings, poor pavement conditions and
lack of effective signage diminish streetscape
appeal.
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6
Crosswalk is faded and does little to accomplish
its purpose. This area is not pedestrian safe and
lacks streetscape qualities.
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South Main Street Issues
7
Utility poles located in street, shoulders are
too wide, overall area lacks green space
and aesthetic appeal.
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Excess overhead wires, lack of landscape
treatment and streetscape qualities, inconsistent
curbing/sidewalk widths and materials.
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North Main Street Issues
9
Lacking curbs/buffer. Poor drainage,
streetscape enhancements nonexistent.
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10
Key intersection is too wide with high traffic
volumes and speed on Main Street creating
unsafe pedestrian crossings.
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North Main Street Issues
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Photo of auto repair shop.
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12
Driveway openings are too wide, vegetation is
overgrown. Highly visible utility poles and lines
are unappealing, lack of streetscape qualities.
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Unsafe pedestrian conditions, missing
sidewalk/curb, lack of streetscape qualities.
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North Main Street Issues
13
Driveway openings are too wide, vegetation is
overgrown. Buildings are not well maintained
and detract from visual appeal of area.
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14
Missing pedestrian crosswalk interrupts circulation.
Intersection is good location for enhanced village
identity.
10
North Main Street Issues
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Lacks buffering, tree lawn, green
infrastructure and curbing.
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No pedestrian safety or gathering zone, excess
parking, lack of curbs and missing green space.
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Church Street Issues
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Street is narrow and lacks buffering, tree lawn,
curbing and green infrastructure.
Barrier blocks vehicular circulation keeping
Church Street underutilized.
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Strategic recommendations were identified to upgrade
the current pedestrian and vehicular circulation, and
create opportunities for streetscape enhancements.
It is within the Village Center that the identity of the Village
should be celebrated, creating a unified connection that
extends from one end of the Village to the other.
Implementing these recommendations contribute to
creating an overall cohesive and unified identity for the
Village Center. The recommendations include green
infrastructure improvements, sidewalk enhancements
and associated amenities that will promote safer
pedestrian circulation routes, gathering zones, and
encourage new development.
The aesthetics of the Village Center streetscape is classified
as “urban,” where sidewalks are uniform and utilized for
signage and seating. Elements such as building materials,
vegetation, colors, awnings, screening and lighting will be
systematic and compatible.
Sidewalks, crosswalks, curbing, street furniture, street
trees, signage, and on-street parking make up the Village
streetscape qualities.
Street trees, not only provide screening and shade, but also
soften the hardscape and enclose the space. Highlighting
green infrastructure as a core component of new
development will ensure that future growth does its part in
contributing towards a sustainable community.
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This concept plan presents an overview of all
improvements recommended for improving
vehicular and pedestrian circulation as well
as enhancing the publically- owned space
along Village Center streets.
The following pages provide specific details
for:
I. South Main Street
II. North Main Street
III. Church Street
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Improvements to the streetscape within this section of
Main Street will be achieved by aligning sidewalk widths,
decreasing curb cuts, planting trees, and implementing
decorative lights along the street to encourage nighttime
pedestrian movement.
Installing brick treatment between the edge of the street and
sidewalk will provide consistency and uniformity both sides of
the street.
Reducing multiple driveways per property to one
is recommended to lengthen pedestrian zones
and green spaces.
These treatments and the recommendations to
follow all contribute towards shaping the Village’s
identity.
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South Main Street
Recommendations
As noted on page 6, Wilson Farms has a curb cut
approximately 24’ wide on S. Main Street for patrons to enter
and exit their store. It is recommended that the width of this
curb cut be reduced to approximately 12’ wide to limit traffic
to a “right-turn in only.” North bound traffic would enter and
exit the property from Chestnut Street.
This recommendation will reduce the disruption in
pedestrian flow and ease traffic congestion at the Main
Street intersection north of the property.
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South Main Street
Recommendations
Areas currently used for excessive parking should
be transformed into pedestrian zones. Within
these zones, a brick treatment should installed to
edge the road, and sidewalks should be added.
Decorative lighting and landscaping should be
implemented along with street trees.
The parking spaces next to the Syracuse Reality Group
building should be converted into public green space as
noted in the graphic to the left. Doing so, reduces traffic
congestion by keeping cars from backing into oncoming
vehicles. It also enhances this area marks that marks the
entrance into the Village Center.
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South Main Street Recommendations
Street trees, hanging baskets will help to screen utility poles. Installing decorative light fixtures, reducing excess parking and
expanding the pedestrian zone and sidewalk will help enhance Village identity and encourage pedestrian use.
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In this section of Main Street, streetscape improvement can be
achieved by aligning sidewalk and sidewalk widths, decreasing curb
cuts, and planting trees within grassed areas located between the
edge of the street and the sidewalk. In addition, decorative lighting
along the street would encourage pedestrian movement.
Businesses with multiple driveways are reduced to one, and tree
lawns are expanded in an effort to enclose and create a safer
pedestrian zone/vehicular buffer.
There is consistency in vegetation, sidewalk improvements, colors,
and material. These treatments are the core elements of the
Village’s identity.
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Reducing oversized driveways like the one pictured above for Park Lane Apartments while introducing granite curbing, additional
vegetation for screening and decorative purposes and decorative light fixtures will enhance curb appeal and pedestrian use.
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Specific recommendations were developed for three properties in this
area.
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1. Gary’s Auto Repair should have one driveway removed and the front
grass strip expanded and planted. Granite curbing should be installed.
Additional parking can be situated next to existing spaces.
2. Domino’s Pizza should have driveway width reduced and the grass strip
enhanced with street trees and landscape. Traffic should be redirected
as one-way with a new outlet onto Singleton Avenue to reduce traffic
congestion on Main Street. Sidewalk and granite curbing should also be
installed.
3. Parking in front of Big Dip should be removed and the
grass strip should be expanded between the sidewalk and
granite curb allowing space for gathering and safe
pedestrian circulation.
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By removing the three parking spaces in front of the Big Dip, a
popular destination in the Village, pedestrians are able to safely
gather in front. Customers can enjoy ice cream while conversing
with neighbors and friends surrounded by seating and plantings.
To compensate for lost parking, the existing parking spaces can
be designed at a 45 degree angle which would allow for
additional spaces to be added.
Curb cuts, new sidewalks and expanding the tree lawn are all
aspects of this recommendation.
This enhancement also fits into the overall connective network
and allows for pedestrians to safely pass through without the
danger of moving traffic.
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Improving the four corners intersection will enhance
Village identity. Using consistent treatment, pavers,
colors and plantings will establish character.
Improving pedestrian conditions will
encourage circulation and promote
safety. The texturized crosswalk will act
as a calming element for vehicles as it
brings awareness to the driver.
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Currently, Church Street is a narrow street that dead ends at the parking lot of the Community Center with large concrete
barriers. There is no curbing and inconsistent sidewalks which makes the street unfriendly for pedestrian use. Two
options were designed as alternatives to the current state of Church Street. Alternative 1 featured below illustrates
Church Street extending and intersecting with Centerville Place aligning up with Trolley Barn Lane. For safety purposes, a
right turn only is recommended for exiting onto S. Main Street. The streetscape treatment recommended for S. Main
Street would continue building upon the Village character and unifying the Village Center’s identity along Church Street.
Alternative 1
Baum Ave.
N. Syr. Community
Center
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In Alternative 2, Church Street is extended to connect to South Bay Road. This would follow in the footsteps of the
historic Church Street. For safety purposes, a right turn only is recommended for exiting onto S. Main Street and South
Bay Road. The streetscape treatment recommended for S. Main Street would continue building upon the Village
character and unifying the Village Center’s identity along Church Street.
Alternative 2
Baum Ave.
N. Syr. Community
Center
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The North Syracuse Village Center Master Plan prepared in 2013, presented a clearly documented vision for the
future of the Village Center which stated: The vision as stated in the plan, is for the Village Center to become “a
distinct and vibrant social gathering place that provides centralized government services, entertaining venues,
civic spaces and a wide variety of mixed-use residential-above retail shopping opportunities all within a
pedestrian-friendly environment.”
This Village Center Streetscape Plan was prepared as a recommendation of the Village Center Master Plan. Other
recommendations included in the Master Plan involved revisions to the Village’s land use and zoning regulations,
parking standards and design guidelines for property redevelopment. With the Village Center Master Plan and this
Streetscape Plan in hand, Village officials have all of the tools necessary to realize the vision as stated above.
It should be noted, the Village of North Syracuse received funding in 2013 from Onondaga County through its
Suburban Green Infrastructure Program (SGIP) to offset some to the costs needed to implement this Streetscape
Plan. The SGIP was established by the county to support the development of green infrastructure and stormwater
mitigation techniques on public property within the Onondaga County sanitary sewer district but outside of the
City of Syracuse. Green infrastructure techniques are the cornerstone of the streetscape improvements
recommended in the Streetscape Plan.
The Village of North Syracuse will complete the prescribed streetscape improvements and thus take one step
closer to creating the Village Center as a distinct and vibrant social gathering place for Village residents and
visitors to the area.
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