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r ola n d pa r k m a st e r pl an May 19, 2010


v is io n stat e m e n t Greater Roland Park will preserve the concepts upon which the area was established, which include maintaining a predominantly residential character, preserving the area’s natural landscape and architectural beauty, ensuring accessibility to neighborhood amenities and open spaces, and cultivating the spirit of neighborliness, in a manner that adapts to and anticipates 21st century lifestyles and community aspirations.


vis io n stat e m e n t Greater Roland Park will promote environmental stewardship and a healthy quality of life, strong civic engagement regarding community resources and decision-足making, support for commercial endeavors that complement residential areas, support for activities that serve diverse and intergenerational residents, and collaborations with surrounding communities and the City of Baltimore.


w h at m a k e s t h i s mast e r p la n u n i qu e Community driven, community developed Volunteer effort by numerous citizens who live and work in the area, all of whom participate for one reason: to improve their community and their City.


wh e r e a r e w e goi n g ? november Visioning and identification of focus areas/issues january

Vision refinement and community drill down

february

Concept design and recommendations

march

Testing and refinement with stakeholders

april

Presentation to community

may

Draft plan published for comment Testing and refinement with stakeholders Input from individuals, neighborhood organizations, and City agencies

june

City agency review; Planning Commission briefing

july

Planning Commission approval

concurrent Implementation and organizational development


wh at d i d w e l e a r n f r om t h e com mu n i t y ? 92% are aware of the master plan. Only 2% responded that a master plan is not a good idea.


wh at d i d w e l e a r n f r om t h e com mu n i t y ? Community is happy with access to education, library, open space, public space, and opportunities for kids. Community expects better with regard to city infrastructure and public transportation.


th e com mu n it y s e e ks t o Preserve our historical legacy (Olmsted/Bouton) Enhance sustainability Enhance centers for neighborhood gathering Enhance and preserve bikable and walkable amenities


th e com mu n it y s e e ks t o Reduce speeding traffic Reduce congestion at school and commercial areas Improve rail and bus service Enhance the natural and urban aesthetics of commercial areas


Greater Roland Park

many stakeholders: Businesses and schools Churches and synagogue Community organizations City leaders


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key concepts: Three Spines Connecting open spaces and commercial centers


improv e t h e q ua l i t y a n d pe r f o r m a n c e o f a r ea i n f r a st r u c t u re


current conditions:

Inconsistent lighting


Failing wall and roadway

current conditions:

Deteriorating infrastructure


Broken pipe

current conditions:

Deteriorating infrastructure


Sewer back-up

current conditions:

Deteriorating infrastructure


recommendation:

MOU between GRP and City


Traditional street lamp

recommendation:

Uniform lighting


Green sidewalk

recommendation:

Improve storm water management


Woodstock, Vermont

recommendation:

Match infrastructure to character of neighborhood


prot e c t a n d e n h a n c e es s e ntia l p u b l ic fac i l i t i e s a n d s e rvic e s


Library, Fire Station, Post Office, Public Schools


mi n i m i z e t h e i m pac t of the car on q ua l it y o f l i f e


current conditions:

Major roads with major volume


Roads designed for cars, not people

current conditions:

Major roads with major volume


Roads designed for cars, not people

current conditions:

Major roads with major volume


Existing condition

recommendation:

Proposed bump-out

Make Roland Avenue a complete street


Precedents: curb extension and cycle track

recommendation:

Make Roland Avenue a complete street.


Roland Avenue school rush

current conditions:

School-related congestion


Walking School Bus

recommendation:

Promote alternative ways to get to school


recommendation:

Optimize Roland Avenue traffic flow


recommendation:

Optimize Gilman and R.P.C.S. entrances


recommendation:

Optimize Bryn Mawr entrance


Falls Road

recommendation:

Make Falls Road a scenic byway


recommendation:

Widen and enhance Falls Road


su pp o r t a lt e r n at i v e ways t o ge t a r ou n d : Bicycling


The City’s bike plan


Bike racks

recommendation:

Perpendicular grates

Create bike-friendly streets and sidewalks


su pp o r t a lt e r n at i v e ways t o ge t a r ou n d : Transit


existing conditions:

MTA transit map


Poorly marked entrance

existing conditions:

Bleak streetscape

Difficult access to light rail


TRAFFICPark COUNTS Roland Masterplan

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Cold SpringPRIMARY Lane Light Rail Connection (#)

AADT (Annual Average Daily TraямГc)*

(#)

SAFE PEDESTRIAN TREBUCHT MS 9 pt CROSSINGS SIDEWALK and STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS POTENTIAL TRAIL CONNECTION LIGHT RAIL

POLY / WESTERN

L

Widen sidewalk width and improve streetscape on overpass

PARK AND RIDE

recommendation:

Improve pedestrian access to light rail


recommendation:

Improve bus service


su pp o r t a lt e r n at i v e ways t o ge t a r ou n d : Walking


Narrow sidewalk on Coldspring Lane

current conditions:

Overgrown sidewalks


Centennial Park

current conditions:

Paths in poor condition


Falls Road

current conditions:

No sidewalk


current conditions:

Sidewalks in poor condition


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recommendation:

Prioritize paths and sidewalks to create a pedestrian network.


Precedents: Well-designed crosswalks

recommendation:

Improve crosswalks


Well-maintained path

recommendation:

Restore paths


Extraordinary streetscape

recommendation:

Add pedestrian amenities and wayfinding signage


replant the p u b l ic r e a lm


Cut and fallen trees

existing conditions:

Damaged tree canopy


recommendation:

Repair tree canopy


existing conditions:

Barren median strips


recommendation:

Create verdant medians


c r eate, pr e s e rve a n d e n han c e ope n s pac e s a s n at u r a l a n d r ec r e at io na l r e sou rc e s


existing conditions:

Baltimore Country Club, uncertain future


200’

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REFORESTATION ZONE

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50’

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DOG PARK STREAM CLEANUP & REFORESTATION

TREE SWINGS

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PRESERVE OPEN SPACE

SHADE TREES W/ BENCHES

MAINTAIN EXISTING VIEWS REFORESTATION ZONE

PRACTICE PLAYING FIELD SCULPTURE GARDEN PLAYGROUND

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NEW LANDSCAPING

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TENNIS COMMUNITY GARDEN

PARKING

ORCHARD

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NEW LANDSCAPING

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IMPROVED PEDESTRIAN ACCESS AT FALLS RD. & HILLSIDE

recommendation:

Create recreational amenities at BCC


St. Mary’s Seminary

recommendation:

Preserve and enhance open spaces


Centennial Park

recommendation:

Preserve and enhance open spaces


Stony Run Park

recommendation:

Preserve and enhance open spaces


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recommendation:

Strengthen Stony Run Park G

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Stony Run Park


existing conditions:

Parking lot interrupts Stony Run path


PERMEABLE PAVERS

NY R STO IL TRA UN

RELOCATE PARKING AT TRAIL BIKE RACKS AT TRAIL ENTRANCE

REPLACE SOLID RAILING W/ OPEN IRONWORK AT BRIDGE

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ON STREET PARKING

ORD RD

recommendation:

MINIMIZE CURB CUT WIDTH, TYPICAL RECONFIGURE PARKING & ACCESS

Reconnect Stony Run Park

SCREEN PARKING & OUTDOOR SEATING W/ LANDSCAPING BUMPOUTS & PAVING MATERIAL CHANGE AT CROSSWALK

SPECIAL PAVING

WIDEN & IMPROVE SIDEWALKS RECONFIGURE PARKING & ACCESS

LINKWOOD PARK


existing conditions:

Parking lots break up Stony Run path


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Roland Park Masterplan Wyndhurst Station N

KEY GREENSPACE GATEWAY NEIGHBORHOOD GATEWAY GREENSPACE PATH 50’

25’ 12.5’

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BUMPOUTS AT CROSSINGS

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ROLAND PARK POOL

VENUE ALE A

REORIENT PARKING AT POOL

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PLAZA 68 TOTAL PARKING ON LAWNDALE NEW GREENSPACE AT POOL ENTRANCE

NEW TREES IN LANDSCAPED BERM

GATED & ENCLOSED DUMPSTER

STONY RUN

WALL AND OPEN SPACE FOR MOVIES & COMMUNITY EVENTS OVERLOOK

STEPPING STONES AT STREAM CROSSING

STONY RUN TRAIL

recommendation:

W ROAD

WILMSLO

Reconnect Stony Run Park

NARROW TO 20’ NEW TREES

BIKE RACKS

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existing conditions:

Water Tower in disrepair


recommendation:

Create park around Water Tower


recommendation:

Create park around Water Tower


e n ha n c e vi l lage c e n t e rs


existing conditions:

Poor quality streetscape and blank faรงade


existing conditions:

Suburban character


existing conditions:

Outdated faรงade


existing conditions:

No screening and wide curb cuts


existing conditions:

Streetscape in poor condition


existing conditions:

Cars impinging on sidewalk


existing conditions:

Parking lot with no stream buffer or sidewalk


recommendation:

Encourage support of merchants & programming in village centers


Before

recommendation:

Improve public sidewalks and open spaces


Roland Park Masterplan

TRUCK TURNING RADIUS

5100 Block N

NEIGHBORHOOD GATEWAY BUS STOP

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TRUCK TURNING RADIUS

BIKE PATH 20’

10’

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DEEPDENE ROAD

40’

LANDSCAPED WALL

EXPANDED SIDEWALK

PLANTERS W/ SEATING

OUTDOOR CAFE SEATING

ENUE

V COLORADO A

KEY GREENSPACE GATEWAY

BIKE RACKS

PLANTERS SPECIAL PAVING

COORDINATE STREET FURNITURE

PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO GARAGE

BUMPOUTS & PAVING MATERIAL CHANGE AT CROSSWALKS

ENUE

BUS

D AV ROLAN

LOW FENCE

BIOSWALES AT BUMPOUTS

BUS

recommendation:

Improve public sidewalks and open spaces


Before

recommendation:

Improve public sidewalks and open spaces


Before

recommendation:

Integrate Stony Run at Wyndhurst Station


WYN D H U R S

Roland Park Masterplan Wyndhurst Station N

KEY GREENSPACE GATEWAY NEIGHBORHOOD GATEWAY GREENSPACE PATH 50’

25’ 12.5’

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T AVENUE

ROLAND PARK POOL

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BUMPOUTS AT CROSSINGS

REORIENT PARKING AT POOL

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DA LAWN

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PLAZA 68 TOTAL PARKING ON LAWNDALE NEW GREENSPACE AT POOL ENTRANCE

NEW TREES IN LANDSCAPED BERM

GATED & ENCLOSED DUMPSTER

STONY RUN

WALL AND OPEN SPACE FOR MOVIES & COMMUNITY EVENTS OVERLOOK

STEPPING STONES AT STREAM CROSSING

STONY RUN TRAIL

recommendation:

W ROAD

WILMSLO

BIKE RACKS

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NARROW TO 20’ NEW TREES

Integrate Stony Run at Wyndhurst Station


After

recommendation:

Integrate Stony Run at Wyndhurst Station


recommendation:

Cold Spring Lane: screen parking and services


Roland Park Masterplan

Cold Spring Lane Commercial Corridor N

KEY GREENSPACE GATEWAY NEIGHBORHOOD GATEWAY NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

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50’

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MINIMIZE CURB CUT WIDTH, TYPICAL RECONFIGURE PARKING & ACCESS SCREEN PARKING & OUTDOOR SEATING W/ LANDSCAPING BUMPOUTS & PAVING MATERIAL CHANGE AT CROSSWALK

SPECIAL PAVING

WIDEN & IMPROVE SIDEWALKS RECONFIGURE PARKING & ACCESS


Before

recommendation:

Cold Spring Lane: screen parking and services


After

recommendation:

Cold Spring Lane: screen parking and services


Before

recommendation:

Cold Spring Lane: create gateway, calm traffic


After

recommendation:

Cold Spring Lane: create gateway, calm traffic


t h e h om e f r o n t : e n ha n c e a n d p r ot e c t r es i d e nt ia l a re as


current conditions:

Diversity of housing is an asset


recommendation:

Preserve and maintain housing stock


recommendation:

Promote multi-generational living


recommendation:

Utilize zoning as a tool


recommendation:

Promote sustainability at home


Bioswales and landscape enhancements at Poly/Western

recommendation:

Promote sustainability in the neighborhood


Green parking lots

recommendation:

Promote sustainability in the neighborhood


c i vic e ngage m e n t


recommendation:

Collaboration among Greater Roland Park organizations and stakeholders


City Council

recommendation:

Collaboration among Greater Roland Park organizations and stakeholders


recommendation:

Promote and organize volunteering as a way of life in Greater Roland Park


recommendation:

Bringing it all together


n ec e s sa ry e l e m e n t s t o i m p l e m e n t t h e pl an The Plan: an understanding of what we want to do A motivated constituency: our wider community, including residential, commercial, educational and institutional stakeholders The means and powers: the methodology to carry out the Plan An organizational structure to put the means into action


m ea ns a n d p ow e r s (m e t hod ol ogy ) t o i m p l e m e n t t h e pl an Institute zoning changes through Transform Baltimore Use plan to align City process with community goals Use plan to compete for public dollars Begin fund raising for larger capital investment Identify commercial and institutional stakeholders who are ready to implement now


or gan i z at io n a l st ru c t u re t o pu t m e a ns i nt o ac t i on Consolidate Roland Park organizations while preserving neighborhood autonomy Broaden volunteer base to improve community effectiveness


wh e r e do w e start ? Low hanging fruit: start with easily achievable, high priority, short term, visible objectives Develop necessary organizational systems Leverage our political capital for Roland Park without ignoring our wider responsibilities to the City


low- h a n gi n g f ru i t Remove vegetation from sidewalks Expand street tree planting program Formalize a series of social activities for neighborhood interaction (e.g., movie nights, pool opening party, open house tours, July 4th event and Spring Celebration) Change street light sources to provide uniform color; convert fixtures to historic acorn-type fixtures Install street “furniture� on Roland Ave and other high-use areas Pave major thoroughfares that are in poor condition


th e m a st e r p la n t e am leadership: Amy Bonitz, Al Copp, Matthew Fitzsimmons, David Tufaro, Ken Rice, Seema Iyer, Louise Phipps Senft, Philip Spevak architects and urban planners: Steve Ziger, Matthew Fitzsimmons, Joel Fidler, Lee Driskill, Roma Campanille, Jean Mellot, Stuart Ortel, Suzanne Frasier, Amy Bonitz, Jim Determan, Tom Liebel, Donald Kann, Ann Powell, Scott Veith, Michael Meddick writers, editors, and graphic designers: Martha Marani, Ellen Lupton, Jack Carneal, Peter Grier, Katy Couch


th e m a st e r p la n t e am photographers: Sally Foster, Martha Marani, Ann Stuzin, Doug Munro legal counsel: John Murphy, Jon Laria other key plan section leaders: Ian MacFarlane, Addison Palmer, William Sharpe, Lynn Heller, Jackie Carrera, Janet Felsten, Tom Hoen, Chris McSherry, Helen de Clercq advisory group: Janet Marie Smith, Martin Millspaugh, Kathy Manson


th e m a st e r p la n t e am city and state officials and offices including: Sharon Green Middleton, Mary Pat Clarke, 40th and 41st District delegations, Baltimore City Planning Department, Mayor’s office and many others: Michael Braverman, Jesse Halverstrom, Kathleen Truelove, Melanie Harwood, Ilene Asner, John Kevin, Doug Munro, Rita Walters, Muriel Berkeley, David Blumberg, Nick Fesseden, Cindy Leahy, Jake Eldridge, Steve Broach, Larry Wissow, Sidney Brower, Kathy Hudson and hundreds of other stakeholders who have participated in numerous ways.

GRP Master Plan May 19 Presentation  

Presentation to the community summarizing the major findings and responses of the Greater Roland Park Area Master Plan

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