West Park Street Corridor Plan (2016) | Butte, Montana
P.U.M.A. worked with Community Builders as part of the New Mobility West initiative to provide recommendations to enhance the character and economic development potential of the West Park Street corridor in Butte. A major east-west transportation corridor that serves as an important connection between Montana Tech and the central business district (CBD), West Park Street has struggled from years of disinvestment, vacancies and blighted properties. P.U.M.A. and Community Builders conducted an intensive three-day immersion and strategic problem solving effort with stakeholders. The resulting report developed by P.U.M.A. provided specific recommendations for designing a more walkable street, creating attractive character, improving connections between Tech and the CBD, and zoning modifications to encourage new investment while maintaining the area’s historic character.
Brooks Street Corridor Study (2016) | Missoula, Montana
P.U.M.A. worked with Community Builders and others as part of the New Mobility West initiative to focus on connectivity, streetscape, zoning and transit-oriented development (TOD) for Brooks Street in anticipation of implementation of bus rapid transit (BRT). Doubling as U.S. Route 93, Brooks Street is an auto-oriented corridor connecting the Bitterroot Valley to Missoula’s urban core. P.U.M.A. prepared a market assessment, then led a three-day public charrette to cultivate a vision targeting higher density, transit-oriented land uses and built environment improvements to foster attractive, walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly neighborhoods. Extensive outreach led us to provide specific and actionable recommendations, including development fee waivers, landscape and street standards, an expedited permitting process, development financing for highly desired uses, and impervious surfaces requirement alternatives among others.
The Fax Mayfair BID Streetscape Plan (2015) | Denver, Colorado
P.U.M.A. assisted the Fax Partnership in successfully forming its business improvement district (BID) in 2014. A year later, Denver-based Design Workshop drafted the BID’s new streetscape plan while P.U.M.A. led efforts to develop an implementation strategy to phase the build-out of the planned improvements. P.U.M.A. researched funding strategies, including grants, city department contributions and inclusion in capital and/or citywide bond allocations. Outreach to city council and other policy makers was key in creating a successful strategy for streetscape implementation.
Montana Highway 200 Corridor Study (2015) | Missoula, Montana
P.U.M.A. worked with Sonoran Institute and other agencies as part of the New Mobility West initiative to provide streetscape and development recommendations for the Montana Highway 220 corridor, four miles east of downtown Missoula in anticipation of it becoming an increasingly walkable and pedestrian-oriented corridor. We prepared a market assessment, then led a three-day public process to collect input from stakeholders, including city and county staff and partners, transportation officials, residents, advocacy groups, developers and others. P.U.M.A. submitted specific multimodal street recommendations, including landscape standards that allow alternative street features and buffers, development financing, incentives for shared- and cross-access within blocks and more.
Bicycle Network Planning – Lamar Loop (2015) | Lamar, Colorado
Following its three-year stint providing technical assistance to the City of Lamar for the Colorado Health Foundation’s Healthy Places Initiative, P.U.M.A. was selected by the city to help it apply for a Greater Outdoor Colorado (GoCo) grant to fund one of its priority implementation projects, the “Lamar Loop.” As a result, GoCo awarded the City of Lamar $1 Million to help fund the project. The nine-mile, paved bicycle and pedestrian trail was designed to loop around the city and pass within a half-mile of every residence within the city limits. Upon receipt of the grant, P.U.M.A. planned and led a half-day Lamar Loop demonstration project for the community.
Russell Street Development Recommendations (2014) | Missoula, Montana
As part of the New Mobility West initiative, P.U.M.A. worked with a multi-agency team to provide zoning and development recommendations for the Russell Street area southwest of downtown Missoula. P.U.M.A. prepared a market assessment, then led a three-day public charrette to cultivate a vision targeting land use and built environment elements to foster an attractive, walkable and bikeable neighborhood. Interviews were conducted with a variety of adjacent landowners, city staff, partners and developers. P.U.M.A. submitted recommendations, including development fee waivers, landscape standards that allow alternative street features and buffers, development financing, incentives for shared- and cross-access within blocks and more.
Living Streets Initiative (2009) | Denver, Colorado
P.U.M.A. was retained to lead the market opportunity analysis and economic impacts segments of a multi-faceted process conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and City of Denver. “Living Streets” attract, concentrate and connect vibrant and sustainable development to accommodate growth while preserving what makes a community special. P.U.M.A.’s market opportunity analysis included both primary and secondary research to determine the likely economic impacts from investing in enhanced infrastructure. A traditional streetcar corridor (East Colfax) and a vehicular corridor (Leetsdale Drive) were examined and analyzed to identify direct correlations and/or qualitative expectations of Living Streets investment on jobs, sales, property values and fiscal return. Included in the analysis were neighborhood demographic trends, business, neighborhood and property owner surveys, and development opportunities.