First TAP grant submitted

On May 12, 2016, we submitted an application to the City for the first TAP grant in Midtown for sidewalks on the north side of Old Shell Road from Union Avenue to Hyland Avenue. The City will choose one application to move forward and we hope our application is chosen. TAP grants can only be used in places where sidewalks do not exist and this would be a wonderful opportunity to provide children with a safe route to school. To see the area covered by the TAP grant application, click here: TAP Grant Assessment

Crawford-Murphy Dog Park

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Members of the Oakleigh neighborhood have teamed up with One Mobile and the City's Parks Department to bring a dog park to Crawford-Murphy park near Ann Street. A total of $8,500 is needed to turn this idea into a reality. There is a large area of grass near Ann Street that is too small for a sports field and is not being used for any other purpose. Fencing this area would provide a place for safe, off-leash play area for dogs and their owners in the Oakleigh, Down the Bay, Leinkauf, Oakdale, and Old Dauphin Way neighborhoods. For more information or to get involved, see the original idea on the One Mobile website here or donate here.

Bier Garten team opening Old Shell Growler Station

Bier Garten team opening Old Shell Growler Station

Jarvis Ossa and Matt Golden have had a big idea for a few years now, but it’s needed a home.

A very specific home, in fact.

So when the pair — general manager and owner, respectively, of LoDa Bier Garten — learned that local bicycle shop Spoke & Trail wouldn’t be renewing its lease on the former Nixon Drug Store building on Old Shell Road, they decided right away that the time was right to introduce their big idea to Midtown, and the Old Shell Growler Station was born.

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Old Shell Road Midtown Charrette Recap

Kick Off & Input Session

On Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015, over 60 Midtown residents and stakeholders gathered for the charrette kick off and participated in an input session. During the input session, urban planners and designers asked thought-provoking questions and lead discussions with participants on their dreams for Midtown. Participants also collectively brainstormed and drew ideas on maps of Old Shell Road from I-65 to Broad Street.

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Drop In Sessions

Throughout Wednesday and Thursday, an additional 55 residents and business owners dropped in for open studio sessions with the urban designers and planners to see in-progress designs and discuss ideas. Various breakout sessions were held with city representatives, developers, and business owners to discuss obstacles and solutions from their unique perspective.

Work In Progress Presentation

On Thursday, Nov 19, 2015, over 70 Midtown residents and stakeholders attended a public work-in-progress presentation provided by urban planners and designers. The presentation outlined the principles resulting from community input during the charrette and provided potential design solutions that reflect those principles. During the presentation, the audience was polled on whether the plan was on track and what types of architecture were preferred for commercial developments. The work-in-progress and additional input collected over the next few weeks will serve as the foundation for Old Shell Road Midtown plan.

Click here to view the presentation slides from Thursday’s work-in-progress presentation. Below are concepts created by the urban designers for key intersections along Old Shell Road.

Old Shell and I-65
Old Shell and I-65
Proposed design for Old Shell and Florida
Proposed design for Old Shell and Florida
Old Shell and Upham
Old Shell and Upham
Old Shell and Kenneth
Old Shell and Kenneth
Old Shell and Broad
Old Shell and Broad

See the whole draft plan here.

"Midtown group advocating for quality of life improvements"

"Midtown group advocating for quality of life improvements"

 A new grassroots organization is putting together a comprehensive plan for Midtown and encouraging residents’ input. Ashley Dukes, a co-founder of the Midtown Mobile Movement, said the group wants to improve walkability and quality of life in the neighborhoods between Broad Street and Interstate 65 by adding sidewalks, lighting, shops and other amenities defined in a developing long-range plan.

The group intends to develop a comprehensive plan for Midtown, similar to the recently approved Map for Mobile, only more detailed. The plan would include ordinances for historic districts that would tell developers what Midtown residents wanted in their backyards.

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Mobile's city-wide planning map, a first in decades, aims at making city more walkable

Mobile's city-wide planning map, a first in decades, aims at making city more walkable

A planning map for the entire city of Mobile, a first for South Alabama's largest city in years, will go before the Mobile City Council Tuesday for consideration.

It was approved by the city's Planning Commission Thursday following a round of mostly positive comments from people who were involved in the nine-month creation process.

Plan proponents who spoke before the commission emphasized the inclusion of walkability into the plan. Stimpson has pushed for making certain areas of the city more walkable, highlighted by proposed changes for Water Street.

"Without a plan that focuses on walkability, we are leaving the future of our city to chance not only on aesthetics but economic viability," said Ashley Dukes with the Midtown Mobile Movement group.

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Join us for the Old Shell Road Midtown Charrette

First things first. What is a charrette? A charrette (pronounced [shuh-ret]) is an intensive brainstorming and planning session where neighborhood residents, merchants and stakeholders collaborate with city planners, engineers, and architects to create a vision for development. Join us for a charette with Goodwyn Mills & Cawood as we build from the visioning session held in February 2015 with Main Street Alabama to develop a plan for Old Shell Road Midtown. You will be able to share your ideas with urban designers as they work in a studio open to the public. The charette will close with a work-in-progress presentation from Goodwyn Mills & Cawood.

Thank you to Councilman Fred Richardson, Councilman Levon Manzie, County Commissioner Jerry Carl and County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood for their support and funding of our plan. Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce Foundation for partnering with us.Charrette Flyer