A parking and vehicular and pedestrian circulation study has been completed for the Sugar House area, designed to look at the needs of the community to the year 2010.
The survey, begun in December 1987, by Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas Inc., Salt Lake engineers, architects and planners, was done for the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City.To help identify what improvements to circulation patterns and what parking areas are necessary and acceptable to citizens of the Sugar House residential and business communities, a series of six workshops was held.
The workshops identified several key issues. Both the citizen workshops and Parsons Brinckerhoff make recommendations for improvements. Attempts were made to put the recommendations into a realistic framework, taking into consideration economic conditions and possible growth patterns, reported Elizabeth A. Vincent, civil engineer-transportation for Parsons Brinckerhoff. "The recommendations by the citizen groups represented a consensus effort," she said.
The key issues identified by the citizen workshops included:
Pedestrian circulation -
- The need to tie together the Sugar House Business District with both Fairmont and Sugar House Park.
- The need to tie the adjacent neighborhoods to the business district, especially those to the south.
- The need to improve pedestrian access across 2100 South.
- The need to link the parking areas to 2100 South, 1100 East and Highland Drive.
- The need to provide a pedestrian and bicycle tie between Fairmont and Sugar House Park.
- The need to maintain and improve greenspace within the business district.
- The need to open east-west flow between the parking areas north of 2100 South.
- The need to prohibit or discourage traffic generated by the parking areas from encroaching upon residential streets with cul-de-sacs, etc.
- The need to provide pedestrian access between parking areas and the streets via attractive mid-block pedestrian passages.
- The need to improve or rehabilitate business properties.
The need to provide attractive signage for parking locations.
Vehicular circulation -
- The need to protect the neighborhoods north of 2100 South from business district traffic.
- The need to define the size of the readily developed business community and support it with improved east/west access south of 2100 South.
- The need to provide an additional north/south connection into the southeast quadrant of the business district between Highland Drive and 1300 East.
- The need to improve access into the business district from 1300 East and I-80.
Recommended action by Parsons Brinckerhoff included:
Vehicular circulation -
- The need was identified for additional east-west streets both north and south of 2100 South, and a north-south street to penetrate the block bounded by Highland Drive, 2100 South, 1300 East and Wilmington. These proposed streets may be viewed as an extension of Hollywood Avenue between 1100 East and 1200 East, an extension of Sugarmont Avenue east to 1300 East, and a continuation of 1200 East from 2100 South to the Sugarmont extension
The purpose of these additional streets is to relieve the traffic on 2100 South, 1100 East and Highland Drive by providing alternate routes for Sugar House traffic. Their construction should be phased in conjunction with both new development and major improvements to the existing commercial district.
Pedestrian/bicycle circulation -
- The viability of a commercial center such as Sugar House Business District relies of the accessibility of the various stores and restaurants to the pedestrian once they have parked their vehicle or gotten off a bus. For this reason inviting pedestrian ways that would connect the commercial store fronts with the parking areas and bus stops were proposed by the citizen groups. Pedestrian and bicycle ways should be established between the business district and Sugar House Park and Fairmont Park.
Cosmetic improvements should be implemented by the private sector within the business district. This would entail removing trash and litter and providing appropriate, tasteful signing to direct the pedestrian to the store entrances. Construction of sidewalks and pedestrian safety amenities should be coordinated with improvement projects for the parking areas and streets.
Midblock pedestrian paths connecting the parking areas to the store front, such as the one north of Simpson Avenue in which the Chamber of Commerce offices are located, should be constructed and maintained.
- Two alternative plans were proposed for the development of improvement parking conditions for the business district. Both of these plans involve short-, intermediate-, and long-term improvements to the parking areas.
The short-term improvements include uniform signing and the removal of debris and obstacles to facilitate the movement of vehicles and pedestrians through the parking areas. More intermediate improvements would be the development of inter-block circulation routes that would permit parkers to move between the parking areas on different blocks without having to re-enter the major street traffic. Long-term plans, geared for 10 to 15 years from now, include the construction of at least one inter-block parking structure.
The encroachment of parkers on the neighborhood streets adjacent to the business district is of primary importance to the preservation of these residential neighborhoods. To discourage the use of these streets for the business district parking and circulation, cul-de-sacs are proposed for Lincoln Street, McClelland Street and Douglas Street at the north boundary of the commercial area.
The future parking demand in the business district will be relative to economic growth in Sugar House, according to the survey. Included in five proposed developments, recognized as potential and/or probable, are the completion of a theater/retail complex in the historic Irving Junior High School and the proposed "superstore" complex on the MacIntyre property, south of 2100 South and east of Highland Drive.
Mrs. Vincent said the key to success of recommendations proposed in the survey is cooperation between business entities, as well as a cooperative effort between the business and residential communities. "Cooperation will determine the success or failure of parking and circulation concerns identified in the survey," she said.