East End Transformation shows vision, but now what?

06/07/2010 10:06 PM by

Venable and 25th Street (proposed)

Tonight’s final presentation of the East End Transformation Charrette shared a vision of what could be for the 25th Street and Nine Mile Road corridors. Video & more…

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of Duany Plater-Zyberk presented East End Transformation Plan to a packed house at the Robinson Theater on Monday evening. Based on multiple sessions over the past week with all sorts of civic, social, and governmental groups, as well as citizen input, the plan illustrates what a healthy, thriving 25th Street and Nine Mile corridor would look like, and some of what it would take to get there.

The RTD has a write-up which quote both Rosalene Bullock and Mary Thompson and gives a good overview:

In colorful drawings shown to about 400 people gathered at the Robinson Theater, planners suggested the intersection of 25th, Nine Mile and Fairmont Avenue could be turned into a “town center.” Replacing a swath of vacant property, a discount store and a Laundromat could be a new library and grocery store overlooking a traffic circle or roundabout with a gurgling fountain. […]

In addition, the study suggested reducing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge from six to four lanes and using the extra space to provide improved landscaping with planters and access for pedestrians and bicyclists. It identified a mix of possible uses, including a YMCA, career and technical education center, daycare and community kitchen, for the former Armstrong High School building on North 31st Street.

BonSecoursRVA says that the presentation slides will be available tonight or tomorrow to their event blog. Complete video of Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk’s presentation, Cynthia Newbille’s remarks and Mayor Jones’ closing statements are below, along with a few detailed images from the presentation (including a good look at a very different north end of 25th Street).

East End Transformation – Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille (4:43)

East End Transformation Plan – Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (48:43)

East End Transformation – Mayor Dwight Jones (3:15)

Venable and 25th Street (circa 2005)

Bon Secours on Nine Mile (proposed)

9 Mile Rd Streetscape Proposal at Creighton Court

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