This project consisted of a master plan for a highly visible portion of San Antonio just north of downtown known as MidTown Brackenridge. The MidTown area is located along Broadway from IH-35 to Burr Road, N. St Marys from IH-35 to US 281, and the Josephine/Grayson street area. A Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) and an associated Board of Directors was established for the area that consisted of 460 acres. The Board established several goals to be achieved in the master plan which included establishing a range of mixed-uses, multi-modal streets, and use of low impact techniques to protect the watershed located at the headwaters of the San Antonio River.
As part of the consultant team, IDS completed three significant tasks. The first task identified and assessed all existing street, drainage, and utility capital improvement projects in the planning area. The assessment required evaluating the existing projects for their effect on the direction of the master planning efforts and suggestions for modifications as needed. Another aspect of the assessment was to evaluate existing development codes to assess how they could hinder the implementation of the master plan.
The second task identified, prioritized, and estimated construction costs for future capital improvement projects. The projects identified ranged from the complete reconstruction of two miles of Broadway to improving the streetscape along Josephine and St Marys. In total, $69 million of future capital improvement projects were identified.
The third task included identifying Low Impact Development (LID) techniques that best fit the different character zones of the planning area. IDS worked with members of the consulting team, to identify which low impact techniques were most applicable to the planning area. The LID techniques recommended varied from reducing the impervious cover of roadways and adding street trees to installing treatment devices to storm sewer systems and using bio retention.
IDS demonstrated the ability to work with a large team of diverse consultants in assessing existing conditions, identifying what infrastructure was needed to reach a goal, providing conceptual designs of the needed infrastructure, and providing construction cost estimating. IDS demonstrated the capacity to understand the concepts of LID and know which techniques were most practical within an urban watershed.
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