Transit-Oriented Development

Fairmont Indigo CDC Collaborative

Fairmont Indigo CDC Collaborative was established in 2004 by several CDCs within the “Fairmount Corridor” to redevelop vacant, distressed properties near transit stations into new housing, vibrant businesses, and open space.  The Collaborative is currently focused on nurturing sustainable development around the Fairmont/Indigo line, an area the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has committed $200 million towards in order to improve transit service, alleviate congestion, and create new stations.  To date, the project is credited with creating new, energy efficient transit-accessible homes for 1,600 low- and moderate-income residents, developing 120,000 square feet of commercial space, and generating nearly 800 jobs.

Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine aims to create a 22-mile modern streetcar, multi-use trail, and park loop based on railroad corridors that formerly encircled Atlanta to connect 45 city neighborhoods.  As of the end 2015, the Atlanta Beltline was credited with creating more than 6,000 permanent jobs, nearly 23,000 constructions jobs, 15,400 new housing units, and 200 acres of new park space.   To ensure affordable housing, the project includes an Affordable Housing Trust Fund and has partnered with The Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative (ALTC), which is focused on developing permanently affordable CLT units within Beltline neighborhoods.  Slated for completion in 2030, the project is expected to generate $10 billion in private investments in the area.

Regional Transportation District of Denver

The Regional Transportation District of Denver (RTD) is the public agency charged with providing public transportation in the metro Denver area.  Committed to transit-oriented development, RTD’s investments have spurred TOD projects encompassing 31,819 residential units, 7,586 hotel rooms, nearly 6 million square feet of retail space, over 8 million square feet of office space, over 2 million square feet of government space, and nearly 7.5 million square feet of medical space.  A key achievement in 2014 was the completion of Union Station, a multimodal transportation hub, integrating light rail, commuter rail, bus service, the 16th Street Mall shuttle, taxis, bicycles, and pedestrians.  The project included the development of 3,171 residential units, 56 hotel rooms, and over 2.5 million square feet of office, retail, cultural, and government space.

Mile High Connects

A partnership between private, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations committed to developing inclusive, affordable, and livable communities within walking distance of transit, Mile High Connects (MHC) works to ensure that Metro Denver’s regional transit system fosters communities that enable all residents to achieve a high quality of life.  In 2013, MHC began a grant program to support effective, inclusive approaches to building healthy and prosperous transit-oriented communities and ensuring equity and opportunity for under-resourced communities.  MHC’s work also focuses on influencing policy and increasing resident engagement in neighborhoods directly affected by the expanding transit system.

Denver Transit-Oriented Development Fund

Established by numerous partners including the Urban Land Conservancy (ULC), Enterprise Community Partners, and the City and County of Denver, the Denver Transit-Oriented Development Fund aims to support the creation and preservation of over 1,000 affordable housing units in current and future transit corridors.  The revolving loan fund, which currently totals $24 million, makes capital available to purchase and hold sites for up to five years along current and future rail and high frequency bus corridors in the Denver metro region.  As of 2013, the fund was credited with preserving or creating 626 affordable homes and 120,000 square-feet of commercial space, and creating over 700 jobs.  The $24 million investment is expected leverage over $500 million in local economic development activity.

Downtown Crossing Project

New Haven’s Downtown Crossing Project aims to reconnect the downtown district to its medical district and Hill neighborhoods by redeveloping the city’s uncompleted highway, Route 34 East, and its surrounding 10 acres into a livable, walkable community.  In March 2016, the first phase of the project was completed, which included the 14-story, environmentally-sustainably headquarters of Alexion Pharmaceuticals (which brought approximately 960 jobs to the area).  The second phase will redevelop the site where the city’s Coliseum once stood into a 1.1 million square foot mixed-used development. The ten-year project is expected to create 4,700 construction jobs and 2,800 permanent jobs at completion.

Promoting Opportunity through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (eTOD): Making the Case

John Hersey and Michael A. Spotts

Promoting Opportunity through Equitable TOD: Making the Case, the first of three reports that cover different aspects of eTOD, provides a non-exhaustive review of the evidence and literature that demonstrates the importance of eTOD. A second report will illustrate barriers to eTOD and best practices for overcoming them, while the third will address the federal role in supporting eTOD. 

Lancaster Urban Village

Developed by City Wide CDC and Catalyst Urban, Lancaster Urban Village is a mixed-use project directly across from a rapid transit station and Veterans Administration Medical Center, the second largest VA hospital in the nation.  The development includes 193 apartments—100 of which house tenants with incomes 80 percent or less of the city median— in three-story, LEED certified buildings that include 14,000 square feet of local retail and offices on the ground level.   The project also includes a 50,000 square foot expansion of the Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Texas facility, which will add space for trade skill and workforce development classes.

Coalition for Smarter Growth

The Coalition for Smarter Growth promotes walkable, inclusive, and transit-oriented communities throughout the Washington DC region, and the land use and transportation policies and investments needed to make those communities flourish.  One current focus is the McMillan redevelopment—a fenced-off, 25 acre site owned by the District that the Coalition is partnering with other city groups to help transform into what would be the city’s largest park and a vibrant, walkable neighborhood along reliable public transit options. Read more about Coalition for Smarter Growth...

Inner Loop East Project

To encourage sustainable economic growth and create a more livable downtown, Rochester is reconstructing a 2/3-mile stretch of the eastern segment of its Inner Loop—a sunken expressway that surrounds the city’s Central Business District, cutting off the downtown area from adjacent neighborhoods— into a new, at-grade street.  The $21 million project will include wide sidewalks and dedicated bicycle facilities to encourage bicycle and pedestrian activity, and is expected to open six acres of land to mixed-use redevelopment, creating 430,000 to 800,000 square feet of new commercial and residential space.  Construction began in November 2014, and is expected to be complete by December 2017.