Aragon East Development site (bounded by Colfax St, 10th Ave, Romana St, and 9th Ave.) in the Gateway District is currently under control of the CRA and presents an opportunity to transition suburban scaled office campus over to the urban pattern and scale of the Aragon Neighborhood and Pensacola Historic District.
The CRA should implement the following tasks to achieve the goals and vision for this redevelopment as presented in the Volume I: CRA Plan.
- Consider either rezoning the property or applying an overlay design guideline to establish a dense development pattern that upholds the principles of good urban design
- Promote and select a private development plan that achieves the following goals:
− Provides economic growth for Urban Core CRA by providing a dense mix of uses that could include office, retail and residential programs
− Fronts buildings directly onto 9th Avenue and Romana Street R.O.Ws. along wide, tree lined sidewalks
− Buildings should conceal parking lots/structures from 9th Avenue and Romana Street views
− Parking lots/structures along 10th Avenue and Colfax Street should be screened with low walls, landscapes and architecturally appropriate garage facades
− Plan should consider possibility of future expansion north across Colfax Street onto adjacent property
− Plan should include ground floor uses that activate the streetscape along 9th Avenue (e.g. retail shops, cafes, restaurants, etc.)
See page 26