Redevelopment of the Highway 31 South Area
The City of Vestavia Hills recently hosted a planning charrette to examine options and engage stakeholders in the future of Highway 31 South. The goals of the charrette were to: engage Vestavia Hills residents as to the most appropriate future use of the former Days Inn site, along with adjacent sites; consult with existing property owners, prospective developers and investors, and community leadership to generate strategic redevelopment ideas; and publish an illustrated guide to steer design and investment decisions in the near term. To view the opening and closing presentations, visit https://vhal.org/highway-31-south.
What we heard:
- Prioritize hospitality/retail/experiential uses;
- Utilize community gathering areas (greenspace);
- Create connections between mixed-use concepts: pedestrian and vehicular cross-access (internal site connectivity);
- Consider shared parking;
- Collaborate with willing property owners;
- Emphasize pedestrian experience;
- Consider shared amenities between multiple projects/uses – activate greenspaces;
- Enhance southern gateway design;
- Improve landscaped area at I-65 N exit ramp;
- Establish volunteer group to monitor and maintain southern Temple site;
- Establish landscape vision for entire Vestavia Hills Hwy 31 corridor;
- Consult with public and private parties to create and adopt traffic access management plan;
- Prioritize McGuire Road access changes;
- Recognize improvements to Highway 31/Columbiana intersection;
- Prioritize signal timing improvement (RTOP);
- Explore scalable stormwater overlay district to strengthen owner maintenance requirements;
- Evaluate existing private drainage facilities;
- Leverage new development to improve stormwater management;
- Examine multi-jurisdictional public stormwater structure improvements.
We engaged an artist to create vision-drawings of what we heard:
What are your thoughts? Love the vision? Prefer that the area stays the same? Or just have a comment?
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