Road Map to Public Investment
the New Ave goals
- Redeveloped commercial centers
- Walkable and attractive New Hampshire Avenue streetscape
- A recognized regional destination for international goods, services, foods and culture (not just our well-kept secret)
- Preservation and enhancement of affordable housing stock
- Development of additional market rate housing stock
strategies to achieve these goals include
- Public investment from the City of Takoma Park, State of Maryland, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties
- Renovate or redevelop recreation center on the New Ave
- Improve parkland amenities including design, interpretative signage, and use
- Improve curb appeal of smaller businesses located along the corridor
- Develop mixed-use buildings within commercial areas
public initiative phasing
Charrette - completed Fall 2007
Design charrette to create consensus plan for the New Hampshire corridor including streetscape, new streets, and build-out. This project addressed the area between Eastern Avenue and Sligo Creek Parkway including Prince George's County and Takoma Park. Read the Concept Plan here...
Wayfinding and Marketing - ongoing
Install comprehensive Takoma Park wayfinding signage and identity program. First installations began in Fall 2007.
Takoma Park Wayfinding Sign
Small Business Assistance - ongoing
Targeted business outreach and assistance to small and international businesses clusters along the corridor. Programs include sector promotion, information and skills transfer, and networking opportunities.
Façade Improvement - ongoing
Grants to beautify facades, improve exterior business branding, and upgrade landscaping. Applications are being accepted for 2012. Grant distribution commenced in the summer of 2007, with the first two phases completed in 2009. View before and after pictures.
Code Enforcement - ongoing
In 2007, the City added a second code enforcement officer to the staff, and designated areas along the corridor for targeted enforcement. If you note a property maintenance issue, it is easy to report on My TKPK.
Public Art - ongoing
Use public art to increase awareness of and hold cultural memory of area. For current calls for public art, visit the City of Takoma Park's website.
Street Furniture - ongoing
Upgrade and install street furniture along the Corridor. Initiated in 2008 at the southern end of the New Ave in the Maryland Gateway. This program focuses on bus stops and commercial streets such as Holton Lane and East-West Highway.
Gardens and Greening - ongoing
Beautify the area through gardens and greening. Sponsor community efforts through grants. Improve gateways, medians, interpret and sign natural areas, and encourage store entrance flower pots. Screen the PEPCO site, sponsor community clean-up days, and restore the Sligo Mills/Takoma Branch natural area.
Rezone the Crossroads - completed 2012
Update the comprehensive plan (Master Plan) through a sector plan for the commercial and multifamily properties in the Takoma Langley Crossroads. Allow higher density residential and commercial development and leverage existing commercial vibrancy. Learn more from M-NCPPC in Montgomery County and Prince George's County.
Streetscapes - ongoing
Develop designs, secure funding and improve streetscape at the Ethan Allan Gateway (East-West Highway), and Sheridan Street. The New Ave Streetscape Standards were developed in 2012. Improvements to Holton Lane were completed in 2009.
Transit Service - funded
Implementation of the K9 Metrobus Express route during peak hours beginning December 2012, along with other recommended changes on K6 Metrobus Priority Corridor (from Fort Totten Metro to White Oak) .
Transit Center - designed and funded
Completion of the Transit Center at New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard.
Purple Line - design underway
Completion of new light rail line connecting Bethesda, Silver Spring, Long Branch, Takoma Langley, College Park University of Maryland Campus, Riverdale Park and New Carrollton. The proposed stop in the New Ave Corridor will be in Takoma Langley Crossroads on University Boulevard half a block west of New Hampshire Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in 2014.
Completion of several mixed-use projects along the Corridor. The City continues to work with partners to secure opportunities and incentives for redevelopment.
Complete engineering, secure agreements and funding for rebuilding the New Ave as a multi-way boulevard.
Rebuild New Hampshire Avenue as a two mile walkable, pedestrian, vehicle, bicycle and transit friendly multi-way boulevard.
High Quality Redevelopment
A string of vibrant mixed-use and diverse communities within easy walking distance of each other.