Livernois Street Resurfacing

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On December 18, 2017, City Council adopted an Inclusive Housing Policy to help with the creation of affordable housing units in the City. The City’s Master Plan specifically sites the need for affordable housing creation and recommends incentives and/or required affordable units be a part of new property development. 

With the adoption of the Inclusive Housing Policy City Council suggested the next step of searching for a housing expert to determine an inclusive housing unit goal for Ferndale. An RFP selection committee was formed, consisting of Councilmembers Melanie Piana and Raylon Leaks-May, Kate Baker of the Ferndale Planning Commission, former DDA Director Barry Hicks, former City Manager April Lynch, Community and Economic Development Director Jordan Twardy, Planning Manager Justin Lyons, and Sustainability Planner Erin Quetell. The selection committee approved the bid submitted by Lisa Sturtevant and Associates LLC (LSA), from Alexandria Virginia. 


PROJECT SCOPE
 

LSA services will include the following tasks: 

Task 1. Definition and Goals 

  1. Market Analysis ‍
  2. Define Inclusive Housing 
  3. Define Inclusive Housing Goals ‍
  4. Propose a Policy Framework 

 Task 2. Metrics 

  1. Set Metrics for Each Goal 
  2. ‍Develop a Monitoring Plan 

Task 3. Baseline Assessment 

  1. Baseline Assessment with Advisory Group 

 Task 4. Action Items 

  1. Short-Term Recommendations 
  2. Longer-Term Recommendations 
  3. Evaluation and Assessment 

 Task 5. Final Plan 

  1. Submission and Review of Final Inclusive Housing and Community Affordability Plan 

ADVISORY GROUP

As part of the next steps, the City will be creating a community task force to share in the decision making and policy building around inclusive housing in Ferndale. The City's consultant has a template for convening successful community task forces that they’ve used in other cities, including residents, key institutions, and other stakeholders. In following that template, the City will be as inclusive as possible in staffing the task force as well as hearing input and ideas from everyone in Ferndale that wants to share in this work.

If you are a candidate for local office, or a representative of a campaign for local office, we respectfully ask that you refrain from involvement in the steering committee and learn about other ways to participate in this project.

CONTACT

For more information, please contact Adam Loomis at aloomis@ferndalemi.gov.

Livernois Street, from 8 Mile Road to 9 Mile Road, will be resurfaced in 2018 with a number of new improvements in keeping with best practices in street design. Improvements will include:

-Newly Asphalt Paved Street

-Protected Bike Lanes (concrete island, parking, and bollard protected)

-Striped On-street Parking

-Mid-block Crossings

-Curb Extensions

-Additional Bicycle Parking (and moving bike parking off-street)

-Bicycle Boxes

-Public Plaza at W. Nine Mile/Livernois intersection

-New mast arm traffic signal at W. Nine Mile/Livernois intersection

-Fire Department Safety Signage

Community information sessions will be held at the Kulick Community Center (1201 Livernois) at 11am and 6pm on Thursday, April 26tth. Details will include construction timing, staging, temporary parking solutions, and overall plans.

  • What is the estimated time frame of construction? Approximately, June 4, 2018 – November 10, 2018
  • Why is this project happening now? The Livernois resurfacing is a Federally funded project and has been scheduled a number of years in advance. The road surface is also deteriorating enough that new resurfacing is needed. While newly striped bike lanes, striped on-street parking, and safer pedestrian crossings are a benefit of the project, resurfacing the street is the primary goal of the project.
  • What is the project area? Livernois, between 8 Mile Road and W. Nine Mile Road. The Livernois and W. Nine Mile intersection will also be reconfigured with a new mast arm signal.
  • How will construction affect the road during the estimated time frame? Construction efforts will be staggered/phased so that only one section is being fully disrupted at any given time. There will always be a minimum of one lane open in each direction on Livernois, but on-street parking will be temporarily removed.
  • How will the City assist businesses during construction? The City will be holding construction update meetings as needed and providing information through email. There will also be designated parking spaces at the Kulick Community Center (1201 Livernois) for business employees and customers to "park and walk" to businesses. Wayfinding signage and shareable materials will be created and shared as necessary. Staff is exploring additional temporary parking solutions in advance of construction. If you would like to stay informed regarding the project, please sign up for updates by emailing ced@ferndalemi.gov.
  • Would removing bike lanes add more on-street parking? No, in the current bike lane configuration and the new protected bike lane configuration, additional on-street parking would not be added. The current parking areas on Livernois are existing, non-conforming and do not have the appropriate distance from driveways and corners required in new parking areas. However, on-street parking areas will be better striped for intersection visibility and to limit parking that happens in conflict with driveways.
  • Why do we want protected bike lanes? Protected bike lanes provide a safer street for everyone and have been shown to increase ridership on streets where protected infrastructure has been installed. Separation from automobiles prevents potential collisions with vehicles (including "dooring"), limits automobiles from parking or loading in the bike lane, shortens crossing distances for pedestrians, and acts as traffic calming to limit vehicle speeds. For more information, click here.
  • How will the protected bike lanes be maintained in the winter? DPW has equipment that will be used to clear snow and ice from protected bike lanes. The bike lanes were planned in partnership with DPW to be sure plows could fit between protected areas and the curb.
  • Will bike parking areas still be in the street? Bike parking will be moved off-street in greenbelt and other public area to provide ample bike parking closer to businesses and limit potential conflicts with automobiles and bikes.

Location: Livernois, between 9 Mile and 8 Mile

Construction Plans

Review draft engineered drawings of the draft Livernois resurfacing plans at this link.