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WRIGHTSVILLE AVENUE

TRANSPORTATION PROJECT
(PROPOSED)

I. Description of TransportationProject
II. Reasons for Prioritization
III. City Planning Policies
IV. Planned Improvements at Galleria
V. Clark Nexsen Report andCost Estimate
VI. Next Steps

January 2020
I. Description of Transportation Project
• Segment of Wrightsville Avenue measuring 8/10 of a mile, or 4,500 lineal feet.
• Roundabout at Wrightsville Avenue and JonesRoad is a key traffic design feature f
• Phase I funding estimated amount is $4,000,000.
• Project to be built in three(3) phases.
• Substantial annual recurring tax revenues. See Page 22.

Aerial Map

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Roundabout Bus Stop and Bus Lane Typical Cross Section
I. Description of Transportation Project
• Project to be built in three(3) phases as follows:
Phase III: 1,080 LF Phase I: 1,520 LF Phase II: 1,900 LF

Ø Phase I – 1,520 LF. Segment of Wrightsville Avenue that abuts the Galleria project
parcel at 6722 Wrightsville Avenue to eastern boundary of Melrose Mobile HomePa
Ø Phase II – 1,900 LF. Segment of Wrightsville Avenue from the eastern boundary of Me
7000 Wrightsville Avenue to Eastwood Road.
Ø Phase III – 1,080 LF. Segment of Wrightsville Avenue from the intersection of Ol
western boundary of Toastery parcel at 6722 Wrightsville Avenue.
• Phasing of the transportation project allows for tax revenues to materialize and contr
future phases.
• No out-of-pocket costs for right-of-way acquisition required.
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• State Street to dedicate right-of-way for the roundabout.
II. Reasons for Prioritization
1. Public Safety Issues
• Dangerous number of excessive curb cuts on Wrightsville Avenue.
• Sidewalks and bicycle lanes are nonexistent or missing, creating dangerous conditions for pede
cyclists.
• Lack of sidewalk and bike lane network is unacceptable in a gateway corridor.
• Recent accidents and fatalities experienced have included vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.
• Known future traffic impacts from Galleria development.

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Example of dangerous conditions due to excessive number of access points.
II. Reasons for Prioritization
2. Consistency with the Comprehensive Plan and Wrightsville Sound Small AreaPlan
• City-approved planning documentsidentify (a) mixed-use and (b) complete streets as the tw
land use recommendations.
• City has assigned by-right, high-density land use to the Galleria in the general district
• Comprehensive Plan policy states that high-density land use requires access to multi-m
improvements.
• Land use decision madewithout consideration of transportation impact.
• Overwhelming support for bike lanes and sidewalks.

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II. Reasons for Prioritization
3. Consistency with Complete Streets Policy

The proposed Wrightsville Avenue Transportation Improvements are consistent with the City’s Com
Street Policy which states:
“The city of Wilmington shall design all transportation projects in a balanced, resp
way to accommodate and encourage alternativemodes of travel including walking, bicyc
public transportation.”

The complete street improvements on Wrightsville Avenue should be madeirrespective


project.

NCDOT Policy: Complete street features will


be included in maintenance and construction
projects when requested and where the
division engineer determines they can be
included in the scope of the project.
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II. Reasons for Prioritization
4. Gateway Corridor

• Wrightsville Avenue is classified as both a “Major Gateway” and “Scenic Corridor.”

• Serves as a primary artery from Wrightsville Beach to Wilmington.

• River-to-Sea Bikeway, a nationally-promoted recreational pursuit, is located on Wrig


is deemed dangerous.Dedicated bike lanes are needed.

• Comprehensive Plan states:

“As primary corridors for visitors into and through the city, it is essential that th
positive impression of Wilmington instead of a negative one. The creation of
landscaped medians, the use of street trees and sidewalks, and higher architectural
building frontages will greatly improve the appearance of Wilmington’s corridors…an
needs of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and transit usersof all ages and abilities
is possible as theseareasredevelop.”

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II. Reasons for Prioritization
5. Catalytic Infrastructure Improvements
• Planning for Wrightsville Avenue is necessary to complement/facilitate the massive pr
the Galleria.
• Prompt preparation of construction drawings is required. TIME SENSITIVE.Must be coordin
development of the Galleria, which is planned to commence 2Q 2020.
• The City’spublic investment will remedy the existing substandard transportation networ
• Promotes health, safety, and wellness.
• Promotes walkability, less reliance on the automobile, and a sense of place.
• The initial public funding request for Phase I of $4,000,000 leverages a pr
Galleria of in excess of $200,000,000.
• Private sector investments include the development of new internal roadways and th
utilities.
• Certainty required with respect to the location of the public transportation infrastructur
the private sector investment.
• Costly disruption would occur if the construction of the public transportation in
improvements occurred subsequent to the development of the initial phase of th
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II. Reasons for Prioritization
5. Catalytic Infrastructure Improvements (continued)
Representative before and after photos of complete street improvements are shown belo
BEFORE AFTER

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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/ComprehensivePlan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C

MAKE SHORTER TRIPS POSSIBLE SHORTER TRIPS POSSIBLE

When people have to


travel just a mile or two
1 1 Upon the City making
Wrightsville Avenue a
complete street, the mixed-
on a major road to get to a
use project will make short
grocery store, they aren’t
trips possible. The site is
stuck in traffic, they ARE located close to attractive
traffic. Neighborhood destinations including:
grocery stores are just one • Wrightsville Beach
way to bring services and • Airlie Gardens
employment closer to • Lumina Station
where people live. This • River-to-Sea Bikeway
keeps people from having • Cross City Trail
to drive too much, • Numerous Restaurants
• Grocery Stores
especially for something
• Hardware Store
like a loaf of bread or a • Marinas
carton of milk. • Intracoastal Waterway
• Offices

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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C
PROMOTE MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT GALLERIA REDEVELOPMENT IS MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT

The value of mixed-use development comes from locating living,


Planned uses at the Galleria include single-family and multifamily
working and shopping all in one place. This was popular before cars
residences, offices, a hotel, restaurants, an athletic performance
when people had to walk or ride a horse and today it can greatly
center and easy access to shopping and recreational opportunities.
reduce traffic on our streets and provide some convenience to our
busy lives.

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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C

ENCOURAGE DENSITY, BUT NOT JUST ANYWHERE GALLERIA IS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR DENSITY
The former Galleria
Having higher-density Shopping Center and
in some areas makes surrounding parcels were
a lot of sense and specifically identified in the
maximizes use of Growth Strategies Map for
existing public high-density mixed-use
infrastructure. development. The site has
Benefits of a well- existing public
connected street infrastructure, public transit
network, public with two WAVE transit stops
transportation, and and close proximity to
easy access to shopping, jobs and
shopping, jobs and entertainment. The only
entertainment. missing ingredient is the
complete street.

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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C

PROVIDE WALKING AND BIKING MOBILITY OPTIONS GALLERIA PROVIDES WALKING AND
BIKING MOBILITY OPTIONS
Survey after survey tells us that Walking and biking will be genuine
Wilmington residents want more mobility options when Wrightsville
safe walking and biking options. Avenue becomes a complete street
We are making connections, due to the high-profile location of
building new trails, and requiring the property. A significant segment
developers to put in sidewalks in of the River-to-Sea Bikeway is
most instances. We also want to located on Wrightsville Avenue. The
make these bicycle City markets the River-to-Sea
and pedestrian Bikeway regionally and nationally to
facilities, now cyclists. Unfortunately, the bike lanes
viewed as a on this segment of Wrightsville
recreational Avenue are either (a) incomplete or
asset, (b) missing. Wilmington has more
become a cyclist fatalities than any other city in
true transportation asset. Each North Carolina. The complete street
cyclist means there is one less car improvements will remedy the
sitting in traffic. existing shortcoming.

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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C

BUILD SO THAT PUBLIC TRANSIT CAN IMPROVE GALLERIA PROMOTES TRANSIT THAT WORKS!

For public transportation to be


an option a lot more people will
use, it must be frequent, reliable
and take people where they
want to go. The more people can As shown in the map, there are
use it reliably, the less they will two (2) WAVE transit stops on
Wrightsville Avenue, thereby
use their cars.
allowing residents reliable, and
convenient public transportation.

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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C

BUILD WHERE ASSETS ARE ALREADY INVESTED GALLERIA IS EXEMPLARY REDEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY.
ASSETS ALREADY INVESTED IN GALLERIA.

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Wilmington has hundreds of buildings, vacant lots and building sites The vacant Galleria site is the ideal location for mixed-use development.
that could be repurposed and/or developed. Making good use of It also makes efficient use of existing public infrastructure which saves
what is already in place saves the cost of extending and maintaining the cost of extending and maintaining new infrastructure.
new infrastructure.
DEVELOPMENT READY REDEVELOPMENT READY

What COULD BE

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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C

BUILD COMPLETE STREETS THE “MISSING INGREDIENT”

“Complete streets” have room not just for driving, but also for cyclists Without a “complete street” the Galleria would lead to a development
and pedestrians, as well as sidewalks and on-street parking. Someone that creates more traffic congestion. It is incumbent upon the City to
living or working can walk or bike instead of drive to nearby businesses provide the infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion and promote the
while enjoying an attractive space that welcomes people as well as cars. ability to walk or bike to nearby destinations.

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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C
BUILD SAFE PLACES GALLERIA WILL BE A SAFE PLACE

“Eyes on the street” means that cities and neighborhoods are safer when A key component of State Street’s land use plan includes functional front
they are built to maximize the number of people who are naturally porches and parks in the single-family component known as Airlie at
watching their surroundings. Examples include storefronts with windows, Wrightsville Sound. State Street has engaged Land Design, an
houses with functional front porches, parks and other public places international land planning firm with extensive experience in creating
surrounded by apartments, restaurants and shop fronts. neighborhoods that are responsive to creating a sense of place to ensure
the optimal outcome.

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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C

MAKE SURE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL GALLERIA MIXED-USE PROJECT SUPPORTS CULTURAL
FACILITIES KEEP UP AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Cultural and recreational facilities are what distinguish an The development plans for the proposed mixed-use
average community from a great one. It is critical that our community take advantage of existing cultural and
facilities keep pace with the growth of the area and remain recreational opportunities by providing easy access to Airlie
easily accessible. Gardens, Wrightsville Beach, and a host of other nearby
opportunities.
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III. City Planning Policies
Planning Department Newsletter/Comprehensive Plan Land Use Plan at Former Galleria Shopping C

PRESERVE WHAT MAKES WILMINGTON UNIQUE GALLERIA PRESERVES THE CHARACTER


OF WRIGHTSVILLE SOUND

We know that our quality of life amenities such as the river, historic
downtown, and our cultural and recreational opportunities are attractive The architectural vernacular of the proposed mixed-use project not only
to current and future residents and visitors. One thing we heard over and preserves and protects the historical and cultural traditions of
over again at citizen input meetings was to preserve the character of our Wrightsville Sound, it provides a bona-fide opportunity for current and
neighborhoods and protect our historic homes. future residents to have great access to the meaningful assets in our
community.

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IV. Proposed Improvements at the Galleria
Key Considerations:

1. State Street has assembled +/- 30 acres of land located alongand between Wrightsville Aven
Road as proposed in the Wrightsville Sound SmallArea Plan.
2. The planned mixed-use development is a verbatim application of the policy recommen
Wrightsville Sound SmallArea Plan and the Comprehensive Plan.
3. State Street has invested over $20,000,000 to-date in land acquisition and land improvem
4. The aggregate investment will exceed $200,000,000.
5. The land use plan for the mixed-use development includes the following:
• Residential Housing l Athletic Performance Facility
• Upscale Hotel l Specialty Retail
• Restaurants l Structured Parking hidden from view
• Office

6. The redevelopment of the former Galleria Shopping Center capitalizes on existing infrastruc
improvements.

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IV. Proposed Improvements at the Galleria
7. Preliminary Site Plan

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Illustrating need for Phase I Transportation Improvements
IV. Proposed Improvements at the Galleria
8. Preliminary Elevations

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IV. Proposed Improvements at the Galleria
9. Economic Development Considerations

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V. Clark NexsenReport and Cost Estimate
• ClarkNexsen’s initial engagement was through an on-call contract task order with the
• ClarkNexsen reviewed the Galleria Development Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) prepared by
two (2) concept plansfor Wrightsville Avenue between Military Cutoff Road and Eastwood
Wilmington, North Carolina.
• Concept #1 for Wrightsville Avenue is based on the recommendations in the TIA,
eastbound and one lane westbound, between Military Cutoff Road and the proposed JonesRoad

• Between JonesRoad and Southerland Avenue, one lane is provided in each direction. Between
Avenue and Eastwood Road, two lanes are provided westboundand one lane eastbound.
• For the length of the project, 5-foot bike lanes and 5-foot sidewalks are provided on

Summary of Conclusions:
1. ClarkNexsen plan results in satisfactory LOS results.
2. No acquisition of public R/W is required.

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V. Clark NexsenReport and Cost Estimate
The following cost estimate was provided by ClarkNexsen:
PHASE: PHASE I PHASE II PHASE III TOTAL
Amount $3,684,824 $4,756,031 $2,768,165 $11,209,020(b)
Projected Start Dates January (a)
2021 January 2025 January 2029
(a) Subject to passage of 2020 Transportation Bond Referendum.
(b) Assumes eliminate of duct bank.

Opportunities for cost savings:


• Eliminate “bookend intersections” from the scope/project – keep the intersections at (a) M
Cutoff Road and (b) Eastwood Road as NCDOT owned/maintained roadways.
• Value engineering opportunities are identified as follows:

• Seek financial contribution from NDCOT – available for bike lanes and sidewalks. 24
V. Clark NexsenReport and Cost Estimate
A summary of the cost estimate is provided below:

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VI. Next Steps
Requirement to Secure Construction Drawings
• City engineering to advance $90,000 for “30%CD” approach.
• Council to consider approval of a Capital Project to provide funding for the cost o
drawings.
• There is a “Window of Opportunity” to coordinate the transportation improvements f
Avenue with the development of the Galleria.

• Public-private cooperation cannot be overemphasizedin the circumstances.


• Although the actual improvements to Wrightsville Avenue can and will occur over t
to plan the transportation improvements.

• Failing to plan now would result in a lost opportunity to coordinate future transp
improvements and public safety needs to Wrightsville Avenue.

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