News

January 28, 2014 Concentrate Article on ReImagine Washtenaw

December 13, 2013 The Ann Arbor News Article - Dec. 11th Public Meeting

October 29, 2013 The Ann Arbor News Article
Road diets, bus lanes and transit nodes all a part of Reimagine Washtenaw's vision for busy roadway

MDOT Non-Motorized Path Ribbon Cutting Held on Friday, June 7th at 10:00 a.m
Elected officials, MDOT representatives, planners, and business owners gathered Friday, June 7th at 10:00 a.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the non-motorized path on both sides of Washtenaw Avenue under the US-23 interchange.  This major improvement will provide much safer accommodation for walkers and bikers to access the corridor and travel east/west. 
 



AnnArbor.com Articles on Public Workshops

Bike Shop Show Podcast Interview with Project Manager Nathan Voght

Concentrate Article on Public Workshops

Nathan Voght Presents ReImagine Washtenaw at Sustainable Ann Arbor Transportation Forum - April 18th, 2013

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Joe Lawson, Ypsilanti Township Planner, on the April 4th Lucy Anne Lance Show
Listen to Joe Lawson's April 4th interview here, where they discuss the vision for the corridor, and the current challenges with vacant buildings.

ReImagine Washtenaw Project Manager does Outreach
Nathan Voght, with the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, and Project Manager for ReImagine Washtenaw, has been conducting a series of outreach presentations to governmental and partner organizations.  The purpose is to provide an update on all the on-going projects related to ReImagine Washtenaw.  Download the presentation given to the Pittsfield Charter Township Board of Trustees on March 13th. Voght presented to the City of Ann Arbor Planning Commission on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall at 301 E. Huron, and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th, for the City of Ypsilanti City Council, a 1 S. Huron, Downtown Ypsilanti, and the Washtenaw County Board of Trustees on Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the County Admin building at 220 N. Main in downtown Ann Arbor.

City of Ypsilanti Seeks Public Input on Master Plan
The City has scheduled a serious of workshops, charrettes and public meetings the week of MARCH 11th for the public to provide input and feedback in the future direction of the City, including the Washtenaw Ave. corridor.  Go to their webpage for more information.




Washtenaw Area Transportation Study seeking public input in 2040 Long Range Plan.  
Preliminary  corridor cross-section alternatives, derived from the ongoing right-of-way, transit station and multi-modal facility design study, will be incorporated in the WATS 2040 model.  The resulting transportation model information will be used by ReImagine Washtenaw to further refine corridor cross-section alternatives.  Please join WATS in the public participation process by clicking on the logo below and providing your input!


AnnArbor.com Article - ReImagine Washtenaw Progress - November 25, 2012

AnnArbor.com Article - New Multi-Use Path at US-23 - November 25, 2012

Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider - October 1, 2012
Hear the ReImagine Washtenaw Project Manager, Nathan Voght, discuss how the Washtenaw Avenue corridor is being transformed into a walkable, bikeable, more attractive corridor.  Click here and scroll down to hear the Oct. 1st Podcast.   

Concentrate Development News - Sept. 26, 2012
"The remaking of Washtenaw Avenue, the busiest throughway in Washtenaw County in terms of traffic volume, has begun. Reimagine Washtenaw, a coalition of representatives from...."  Go to online article here.

Washtenaw County Awarded $3 Million HUD Community Challenge Grant. 
Recipient:  Washtenaw County
Project:  ReImagine Washtenaw - Right-of-Way Study, AATA Transit Station Design, Multi-Modal and Pedestrian Enhancement Designs, Master Plan and Zoning Implementation of the 2010 ReImagine Washtenaw Avenue Corridor Redevelopment Strategy.
Communities:  City of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield Charter Township, Ypsilanti Charter Township, and the City of Ypsilanti
Project Description:  A portion of this grant will fund various activities intended to implement the 2010 Washtenaw Avenue Corridor Redevelopment Strategy.  These include a corridor right-of-way study, Master Plan/Zoning updates, and AATA Transit Station/Multi-Modal designs.

Reimagine Washtenaw Awarded $2.6 Million Grant

posted Oct 19, 2011, 11:55 AM by Washtenaw Avenue   [ updated Jan 9, 2013, 9:47 AM ]

Recipient: Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
Project: Re-Imagine Washtenaw - Increased Transit Service Frequency on Washtenaw Avenue
City: Ann Arbor
Grant Amount: $2,625,000
Project Description: This project was selected on a competitive basis through the FY 2011 Bus Livability Program. Re-Imagine Washtenaw is a program jointly developed by the four jurisdictions in the corridor (the City of Ann Arbor, the City of Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Township, and Ypsilanti Township), the transit operator, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study that implements a number of strategies for transportation and development improvements in the Washtenaw Avenue Corridor. As part of this larger effort, this project will purchase clean diesel buses with hybrid-electric components to increase bus service in this corridor.


Multiple Projects Launch Implementation of ReImagine Washtenaw 

September 18:  Head east out of Downtown Ann Arbor along Washtenaw Avenue, and you’re sure to notice some construction activity.  Across from Whole Foods Market, ground-breaking has begun on Arbor Hills Crossing, a 90,000 square feet retail and professional office development in the City of Ann Arbor.   The project includes new and wider sidewalks, a traffic signal and pedestrian crossing at Platt Road, and a new AATA Transit Super Stop.  Continue further east, and you’ll notice the Michigan Department ofTransportation has begun a major traffic operations and non-motorized projectat US-23.  The non-motorized component of this project includes the construction of new non-motorized paths on both sides of Washtenaw Avenue, which provide a way for pedestrians and bicyclists safe travel under the highway overpass.

“After years of planning and consensus-building, we are excited to see two projects that will significantly enhance walkability and pedestrian access to businesses in this important corridor,” said Ann Arbor City council member Tony Derezinski. “Over time, you’ll see additional improvements that even further increase walkability, provide a sense of place, and also increase property values.”

“The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking forward to continuing its collaboration with the ReImagine Washtenaw initiative, to ensure future improvements address both MDOT’s needs, and also the community’s vision for the corridor,” says Kari Martin, MDOT’s University Region planner.

Multiple projects are being implemented and coordinated between Pittsfield and Ypsilanti Township, including improvement/installationof pedestrian facilities, such as ramps, sidewalks, signals, and mid-blockcrossings, at Washtenaw and Golfside, zoning changes coordinated between both communities to allow for mixed-use development nodes, and lane reduction and bike lane installation along Golfside Road.

ReImagine Washtenaw is a multi-jurisdictional land use planning and public transit initiative to transform the corridor from auto-focused, to a safe, multi-modal, public transit-enhanced corridor, with new, high-quality mixed-use development, enhanced transit service and amenities, resulting in a corridor with sense of place.  Professional staff planners and elected officials from the Cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and Pittsfield and Ypsilanti Townships have been leading this effort.  Additional partners, including the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, Michigan Department of Transportation, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, are also collaborating to take the county’s most congested and auto-centric road, and turn it in to a high-functioning, multi-modal corridor.


ReImagine Washtenaw Under Construction                                  Arbor Hills Crossing
MDOT Sidewalk Installation near Arborland and                                                 Arbor Hills Crossing Under Construction
east under US-23 Overpass


SmithGroupJJR and Parsons/Brinckerhoff team selected to complete Right-of-Way, Transit Design, and Multi-Modal Improvements Study
August 24:  Washtenaw County has selected SmithGroupJJR and Parsons/Brinckerhoff to undertake a multi-faceted project that will further implement the vision for the ReImagine Washtenaw corridor.  The study will provide planning-level mapping of the corridor, and survey-level detail for future high-density "nodes," pre-construction designs of seven AATA Super Transit Stops along the corridor, designs for pedestrian improvements such as sidewalks and mid-block crossings, and short and long-term road cross-sections for the corridor that will incorporate Super Transit Stops, bike lanes, mixed-use development, and green stormwater infrastructure, among others.

The study will begin in October, and should be completed in summer 2013.  Contact Nathan Voght, in the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, at 734-222-3860 or voghtn@ewashtenaw.org for more information.

ReImagine Washtenaw Presentation

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Washtenaw County Releases Request for Proposals for ReImagine Washtenaw Right-of-Way and Transit Design Study
 
Washtenaw County and the ReImagine Washtenaw project team is in the selection process for the right-of-way, transit station, and non-motorized improvement design study.  The $251,000 study is funded by the $3 million Community Challenge Grant awarded to Washtenaw County through the Federal Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD), and a grant through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).  The selected consultant will provide the Joint Technical Committee with corridor right-of-way boundaries, determine where additional right-of-way is needed, provide corridor Node cross-sections, locate bike lanes, sidewalks, and other multi-modal improvements.  The study includes designs of eight AATA Super Stop transit locations integrated with mixed-use, transit-oriented development at corridor Nodes.
 
 
*** Reimagine Washtenaw awarded $2.6 Million Grant ***

In 2009, the City of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield Township, Ypsilanti Township and the City of Ypsilanti worked with residents, business owners and community leaders to complete a 
report laying out their vision for Washtenaw Avenue.  In 2010, these communities in partnership with local and regional transportation agencies drafted an Implementation Strategy to achieve this vision.

 

This process included a number of public meetings, a survey and tools on this website to solicit feedback from the community.  Please let us know your vision!

 

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