Seward Commons: Sustainable, Transit-Oriented Development (2011)

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Process led by Seward Redesign to bring focus to the redevelopment of the 3.85 acre Bystrom Bros. site based on the principles of the Franklin Avenue Vision; aspires to a sustainable, transit-oriented, mixed-income, residential community developed in phases that includes walking and biking connections through the site in order to knit the neighborhood together with the nearby transit station.

Franklin Avenue Vision (2009)

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Joint process of Seward Redesign, Seward Neighborhood Group and Seward Civic and Commerce Association; updated the vision for Franklin Avenue based on core values of identity, good design, local economy, multi-modal movement, stewardship & safety and Seward as a green community; placed strong emphasis on enhancing walking, biking and transit connections including the Franklin station area and the redevelopment of the Bystrom Brothers site, now named Seward Commons.

Franklin-Cedar/Riverside TOD Master Plan (2002)

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Planning process convened by the City for organizations and community members surrounding the Franklin Avenue and Cedar/Riverside LRT stations; planning in Seward was led by Redesign with East Phillips and Ventura Village again participating. The plan expanded on the work of the Franklin LRT Task Force. There was controversy surrounding the siting of the LRT Shops and Yards at the Franklin Station. The final plan recommended street reconfigurations and a development plan focused primarily on a large scale office building in the northwest quadrant of the station area including structured parking above the Shops and Yards parking lot.

 

Franklin Avenue LRT Task Force Report (2000)

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Plan developed by Phillips and Seward community members for the then-proposed Franklin Light Rail Transit station; staffed by Seward Redesign, with technical support from the University of Minnesota; study identified critical issues and parameters to guide future planning for the transit station area; explored options to reconfigure infrastructure to take advantage of the transit line and support the community’s vision for redevelopment.