Grandview District Transportation Study
Project Type: Urban Design and Community Engagement
Client: City of Edina
The City of Edina recently completed a multimodal transportation study for the Grandview District. Prior to the study, the District has been studied in numerous processes, culminating in the “Grandview District Framework Plan.” That plan recommended a transportation study be constructed in order to fully understand the impacts and tradeoffs of proposed redevelopment and network changes on all modes of travel. The intent of the study was to do more than provide a review, alternatives, and recommendations; it sought to align itself with the culture, possibility, and potential for the District to be rejuvenated into a place where Living Streets meets everyday life.
To that end, the Transportation Study is comprised of a series of recommendations for all modes of transportation, to be implemented within a range of timeframes. Which general timeframe a specific project appears in depends on contextual issues such as key safety improvements, opportunities related to potential related projects, timing of planned infrastructure improvements, and scale of required planning and funding related to a particular proposal. These enhancements were analyzed for impacts to all modes of transportation and to ensure that each was supportive of the related change to the urban environment.
In particular, this transportation study recognized the need to incorporate change even if it required change outside of the normal bounds of transportation planning. For instance, the original Grandview District Framework Plan imagined a network of streets on both privately and publicly-owned land, and even crossing over railroad and highway right-of-way. Implementing this change is critical to creating an interconnected system for pedestrians, bikers, drivers, and transit-users, and it frames the kind of redevelopment opportunities that are widely supported by residents and local business and property owners, but it also requires nuanced conversations and partnerships. Through both the public engagement process and the recommendations, themselves, the Grandview District Transportation Study moved these dialogues forward in meaningful and grounded ways.