冬季公园进步点的未来, as illustrated in a recent report paid for by the city, shows the potential for a private partnership to help activate 3.5 acres of publicly-owned land along Orange Avenue.
At a City Commission meeting last week, 冬天的公园-based ACi建筑师 presented conceptual illustrations and development parameters for Progress Point, a long-time contested topic for residents in the area looking for a say in what the future of the property may look like.
根据城市文件, ACi utilized a charrette process that entailed surveying 750 participants with either expertise or some sort of stake in the matter to help explore a public-private initiative to create more active green space in the community at the corner of Orange Avenue and Denning Drive.
Using the information provided in the presentation, commissioners can decide whether or not to issue a Request for Proposals with the guidelines provided in the presentation. Some of the key components include designing a public park, creating more public parking spaces and the possibility of future buildings that could house cultural activities and commercial uses.
“This vision was to offer the Orange Avenue gateway corridor a unique place-making and economic development opportunity to cultivate a more vibrant village-scale destination,” a presentation delivered at the meeting states.
The RFP would be seeking private or non-profit candidates.
Conceptual plans for the park include lush landscaping, 宽的人行通道, 正式的草坪, 饮水器, 编程活动, and outside seating to help activate the park space. 预算1.5英亩的公园部分价格在3美元以内.100万，城市文件显示.
According to the redevelopment guidelines a maximum of 40,000平方英尺的商业空间, 包括屋顶使用, 是允许的.
商业 buildings should serve as a “supporting anchor” for the park, the guidelines state. The maximum allowable single-tenant space on the ground floor is 6,300 square feet. Storefronts are encouraged to be transparent, with large balconies. 效果图显示温暖的材料，如木材, stone, brick, 和暴露的钢铁 being used for commercial buildings.
The park design was envisioned to run between and around the main buildings, along both sides of a 停车场 that will feature public art and connect to Cypress Avenue.
Potential uses for the commercial buildings include micro-restaurants, 屋顶酒吧/餐厅, shops, 共享工作空间, 画廊和健康服务. Conceptual plans illustrate 啤酒厂 along Palmetto Avenue.
Conceptual art for the rooftop consists of outdoor seating options, 可见景观, string lights and a mix of umbrellas and roof planes for shade. Allowable uses include dining, exercise space and bar/lounge space that would look out over the park.
Proposals would also need to feature a contribution to parking needs for small businesses in the area. The ground floor building area for the conceptual 停车场 totals 33,825 square feet. 在规划中，停车场位于大约0.78英亩的太空.
根据ACi的报告, the best way to lure in private investment or end-users is for the city to sell the commercial portion of the land to the private sector. The city could also sell development rights to a developer who would be able to finance the entire site.
“This makes the deal size a bit larger and gives the developer some control of the parking which could both open up the financing to more lenders on a national scale,报告说. The developer could also lease back the garage to the city or try to utilize bond financing to build the garage, Pad网站和公园.
在过去的十年里, several unsolicited conceptual designs from multiple groups of citizens have gone before previous and current city commissioners. As a result, city staff members were directed to further study different possibilities for the site.
Progress Point will function as an important component of the proposed 橙色大道覆盖区 目前正在审查.
City commissioners must decide whether or not to approve a city phasing plan to start the park component in accordance with the redevelopment and go through the RFP process.