Community Updates from the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

Collegeville Neighborhood Plan
In early December, the RPCGB staff, with the Auburn Urban Design Studio and the UAB College of Engineering presented a plan for the Collegeville Neighborhood of Birmingham. The attendance was excellent with over 75 neighborhood members present.
 
Elements of the plan considered by the neighborhood included a pedestrian underpass on Shuttlesworth Drive, a vehicular and pedestrian bridge on 34th Street and a recommended Fire Station on the northeast corner of 34th Street.
 
The planning team is finalizing the plan and the finished product will include all conceptual designs and funding recommendations. These projects combined with the Finley Boulevard Extension will begin to correct decades of isolation for this historic neighborhood.
 
This project is funded through the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Building Communities Program. For additional information please contact Steve Ostaseski at smo@rpcgb.org.

16th Street Corridor Study and Conceptual Streetscape Plan
The RPCGB is evolving the draft of the 16th Street Study and Conceptual Streetscape Plan for Fountain Heights. The RPCGB met with the City of Birmingham in December to discuss the draft and move forward with the study.  The RPCGB looks forward to another public meeting in the coming month to present the draft plan to the residents of Fountain Heights.  The Fountain Heights Neighborhood Association and the City of Birmingham have requested assistance from the Regional Planning Commission through the Building Communities Program to complete this study.  For additional information please contact Richard Amore, Senior Planner with the RPCGB at ramore@rpcgb.org.
 
City of Leeds Master Plan
The Leeds Master Plan is moving forward with the completed first installment of the draft Master Plan. The draft of the first installment of the Master Plan includes a community assessment that shows the existing conditions, which include the environmental analysis, a demographic study and an overview of the City of Leeds services and infrastructure.  The RPCGB met with the Planning Commission and the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce to gather input into the master plan process in December.  The RPCGB looks forward to kicking off the public involvement meetings in the coming months to gather input from the residents of Leeds. The City of Leeds have requested assistance from the Regional Planning Commission through the Building Communities Program to complete the Master Plan for the City.  For additional information please contact Richard Amore, Senior Planner with the RPCGB at ramore@rpcgb.org.

City of Fairfield Master Plan
The RPCGB Community Planning Department is working with the City of Fairfield to develop a new Master Plan.  The RPCGB will be working closely with the Economic Development Department in Fairfield to look at downtown redevelopment, interstate access, greyfield redevelopment and neighborhood improvement initiatives.  For additional information please contact Philip Amthor, Planner with the RPCGB at pamthor@rpcgb.org.
 
City of Bessemer Master Plan
The RPCGB continues to work with Bessemer on a new Master Plan, focusing on neighborhood redevelopment strategies, commercial redevelopment oriented to US 11/Bessemer Superhighway, and transit plans connecting newer development near I-459 and I-20/59.  For additional information please contact Philip Amthor, Planner with the RPCGB at pamthor@rpcgb.org.
 

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