CITY INVITES INPUT ON DRAFT OF WEST SIDE CORRIDORS PLAN

Architectural and planning consultants, Torti Gallas and Partners, will present a draft of the West Side Corridors Plan at 5:30 pm Tuesday, June 24 at the Charles Martin Youth Center, 802 Lincoln Way West. The public is invited to offer feedback on the draft before the final version is completed this summer.

Tuesday’s public meeting will discuss concepts including commercial and housing development locations, the reconfiguration of travel lanes to support business and non-motorized transportation, expanded public and green spaces, a cultural district promoting existing local businesses, the addition of bus shelters, and spaces for urban agriculture along the Lincoln Way West and Western Avenue corridors.

The plan is based on ideas developed at a series of public workshops held in late April. It includes an implementation matrix of both immediate and longer-term revitalization strategies, and near-term streetscape improvement guidelines.

The City, in conjunction with the Urban Enterprise Association (UEA) of South Bend, hired Torti Gallas and Partners to lead the development of the plan. The West Side Corridors Plan will serve as a guide to business and property owners, residents, developers, elected officials and other stakeholders in making investment, land use and design decisions along these key urban arteries. In an effort to revitalize both Lincoln Way West and Western Avenue, Mayor Pete Buttigieg set aside about $2 million in the current budget to begin implementation.

The project is part of the City’s Smart Streets initiative, an effort to improve how South Bend’s streets contribute to safe, efficient transportation and the overall quality of life. Smart Streets projects utilize the complete streets philosophy by providing equal access to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.

More information is available at southbendin.gov/smartstreets.