The $10 million the city will contribute to the effort comes from the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program — funding approved in previous bond votes — that is targeted at addressing bike and pedestrian access, linear trails and greenspace access, as well as road and intersection improvements.
But of the 45 projects identified as possibilities for the city funding, it’s not certain yet which items will be at the top of the list.
Developers are also now expected to play a bigger role, as new dense projects are required to include infrastructure improvements to earn rezoning support. For example, ZOM Living, which is building a 203-unit apartment project with ground-floor retail on Barclay Downs Drive, committed to sidewalk improvements on its property. Childress Klein is embarking on several public-improvement projects, including a new connector road from Morrison Boulevard to Coltsgate Road, at its redevelopment of the Sharon United Methodist Church property, where site work has begun.
And the long-planned Colony redevelopment, a prime SouthPark site that Synco Properties has owned for more than 40 years, is expected to be a model for collaborative rezoning.
In 2005, Synco President and CEO Tim Hose began thinking about what a redevelopment could look like at the property, which includes apartments built in the early 1970s. It encompasses 27 acres at Sharon and Colony roads, extending back to Roxborough Road.
Then the recession hit.
Hose and development partner Schlosser Development Corp. out of Texas came back to the drawing board in late 2014 with a slightly modified vision that better responded to a national and local trend of urbanization, greater density, walkability and a higher mixture of uses.