Important Parts of the City’s Current Plan:
7,200 more residents: Actual increase in residents projected based on draft plans. This represents a 30% increase to all of Highland in one small area and would make the Ford site density similar to New York City.
3,800 units: Up to 4,000 housing units are being proposed.
8 story buildings: Multiple buildings up to 110’ in height.
9% green space: Only 9% dedicated real green space.
3X the traffic: Triple the volume of traffic is predicted on some nearby streets. Their own study predicts significant traffic impacts to Cretin, Mount Curve, Ford Parkway, Cleveland, Montreal and Mississippi River Blvd.
Concerns about the City's Plan:
We believe the city's current plan of 122-135 acres of densely-packed residential and commercial buildings, locked by a river on two sides and located far from freeway access, will lead to significant negative effects for all of Highland and the surrounding neighborhoods, including:
Excessive population density increase
Dramatic increase in traffic
Limited community greenspace
Decrease in property values
Current City Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan
Four Districts of Multi-family Residential
Several 8-story multi-family residential buildings with retail, office and other services
Several 6-story multi-family residential with limited retail
Several 5-story townhome or multi-family residential buildings
4-story mansion-style units or carriage houses along Mississippi River Boulevard
Two Districts of Commercial include:
Several 6-story Business mixed retail, office, services
Several 6-story Commercial/Office near northwest side (Gateway)