Wednesday, November 9
Presentation Day
Design Review

The students presented to the city officials of Wayne the revised master plan that they have been working on since being back at Andrews. The master plan showed all the changes that were considered during the charrette as well as some design changes made since being back at Andrews, and acted as a final presentation to show all design possibilities. The presentation helped the students figure out what would be the final proposed master plan for Wayne.

Question: What is a T.O.D?
Answer: T.O.D stands for Transit Orientated Development. Since the master plan is trying to make Wayne more desirable to SEMCOG for a train stop, the plan needs to be designed with the stop in mind as well as a higher density of residences around the station to support it.
Question: What changes have been made to Goudy Park?
Answer: The new park scheme has changed a lot. All the Civic buildings have been taken out of the park, and the Senior’s building remains. There are more entrances to the park from different neighborhoods, as well as a more developed trail system throughout.
Question: How is the site of the train station connected to the proposed Newberry Street scheme?
Answer: The site for the train station has been moved from Washington Street to other locations like Wayne Road and back. It was decided that Washington Street was the best site for the train station since there is room already available for it, as well as it is a prime location for a connection between the center of town and the south side of Wayne. With the design of a pedestrian corridor and open spaces the train station is connected to Newberry street in a visual alignment that will make it a comfortable easy access for people to interact with when coming to and leaving Wayne.
Dates coming up to remember: December 7th is the final presentation at Andrews University
January 17th is the final presentation in Wayne, Michigan
(Place will be announced at a later date)

Monday, October 17
Post-Charrette Design
Focus Groups

1. Community Living Services (CLS / Former Mall) Relocation
Pros:
Parking is existing
No demolition required

Cons:
Not on own property

Building type: Mid-block Flex building in T4 zone, 2 stories
Building footprint: 18,400sqft

2. Intersection at Michigan East & S Wayne Road
The main design change shifts Wayne Road slightly to make the turning radius manageable for left hand turns.

3. Brush Street
Exploring possibility of adding 32 new proposed lots between Brush Street and the railroad. This scheme leaves all buildings in tact.

4. Elizabeth Street
Proposed Residential Square fronting Main Street with a proposed site for a possible civic building or more residential lots.

5. Westchester Towers Relocation
Westchester towers densifies a large number of subsidized housing units in one building. Historically, this strategy has lead to poor living conditions and an unsafe environment. In dealing with this issue, we have been looking to create fewer units per building and fewer buildings per acre. Though in the early stages of design, we have been studying many strategies including Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (C.P.T.E.D.), and are implementing designs that promote safer and more inviting spaces in all areas of Wayne.

6. Michigan Avenue East
Development options for expanding Wayne Industries: This design looks at a small corner store with the relocation of CLS to a quiet residential street. Also lining the street with appropriate building uses including a new Wayne Industries office.

7. Tae-Keuk Square
Design schemes for the Tae-Keuk facility and surrounding road and block structure. Specific tasks included the entrance to Wayne from the west and how to incorporate the garden plots.

8. Civic Buildings / Goudy Park
This plan is reconsidering the location of City Hall. It explores placing it on Sims Avenue fronting Goudy Park or enhancing Derby Square. It also entertains expansion of Goudy Park.

9. Light Industrial Fringes
This is one of multiple attempts to design a light industrial district that is more closely tied to the community and feels like a more inhabitable area.





Tuesday, October 4
Final Presentation Day

8:30 am – The majority of the charrette team came in to continue working on the drawings where they met a few team members that stayed all night working on the project.

12:00 am – The charrette team had lunch at the Wayne Community Center with the Rotary Club. The rotary club donated a book to the children’s section of the Library on behalf of the charrette team

6:30 pm – All the presentation boards, video, and power point were finished and the charrette team went to City Hall to set everything up.

7:00 pm – The final scheme was presented to the city council, and citizens of Wayne. After the presentation, Mayor Haidous gave certificates to each member of the team.

9:00 pm – The charrette team went back to the Fire House to have a late dinner of pizza and celebrate the finish of a good project.


Monday, October 3
Design Day
Production Day

8:30 am The charrette team finished designing the Master Plan and started to produce the final drawings that would support the Newberry scheme.

10:30 am – Lunch was hosted at the New Hope Missionary Church where the staff greeted us warmly.

1:00 pm – Team members go back to work in the production of drawings.

6:00 pm – The charrette team had supper at the Wayne Public Library, hosted by the Business Women of Wayne. As we had supper we got the opportunity to talk to the ladies who gave us great insights about Wayne and its potential.

7:00 pm The charrette team went back to the Fire House and worked late into the night.


Sunday, October 2
Design Day
Public Design Review

8:30 am – The charrette team got together after the recess rested and ready to work again. After looking at the online survey results it was determined that the Newberry/Michigan Ave. scheme would be the final presentation scheme. Prof. Von Maur quickly assigned the pertinent tasks, so the scheme could be taken to the next step of detail.
12:00 pm – The charrette team decided to keep working and ordered Pizza Hut.
1:30 pm – The pizza arrived and the charrette team took a 15 minute break to eat and then continued working.
4:30 pm – Fifteen people came to the public workshop. The Newberry/Michigan Ave. scheme was then presented with the different changes that had been done.
6:00 pm – The workshop ended and the charrette team took a field trip through town. We looked at the different proposed locations envisioning how the downtown would look once it was all developed.
6:30 pm – The charrette team went to Don Hartford’s house for dinner. We were all delighted with the great food and the hospitality of the hosts.

Question: Is the city required to have public housing?
Answer: Yes.
Question: What is going to happen to the people from the Westchester Towers?
Answer: Since the city is required to provide public housing, new projects will be developed as has been proposed in the charrette scheme, to provide dignified locations for those who now live in the towers and will have to be relocated.
Question: Is the charrette team proposing to change Elizabeth St.?
Answer: We are not changing the existing curb locations. We are making changes within the curbs to make it a connecting asset to the downtown yet remaining residential in nature.
Other things talked about were the removal of the roundabout, a discussion about Sims St. and the proposals for the parks. More so the public was happy with the Newberry scheme as the final proposal.

Saturday, October 1
Team Rest Day


Friday, September 30
Design Day
Internal Review Day

8:30 am – The charrette team split into groups and started looking at the two schemes in a more detailed manner. Some of the things they started focusing on were incorporating the present downtown with the proposed downtown, defining buildings types and density types, and implementing the suggestions from the Mid-Charrette Presentation.
10:30 am – Gayle Rediske, President of the Chamber of Commerce with seven members of the business community met with Professor Andrew Von Maur to discuss the different schemes that have been developed by the charrette team. Issues discussed dealt with truck traffic, parking on both sides of Michigan Avenue, and the concerns of business owners about exposure of Michigan Avenue businesses after the downtown was developed.
12:00 pm – The Charrette Team had lunch with the City Officials at City Hall.
1:00 pm – The charrette team continued developing the two schemes, and producing drawings.
5:30 pm – The China Garden provided dinner for the charrette team at the Fire Station.
6:00 pm – After a very productive design day the charrette team had a internal review to go over the two more detailed schemes with the supportive sketches that show possible street elevations and sections, as well as perspectives of defined building types in context to the schemes.

Question: Would focusing retail development on the interior of the island divert business development from westbound Michigan Avenue and create the perception that Wayne is on the decline and not worth stopping in?
Answer: We need to continue working on creating a master plan that makes everything work better. We can promote certain commercial types on Michigan Avenue that don’t necessarily need parking on the street and can benefit from the high exposure that location gives them.
Question: People look for certain shopping situations, what kind of shopping should Wayne focus on having?
Answer: The towns in the surrounding areas have large shopping centers and malls. Wayne needs to focus on providing people with unique shopping situations that they can’t get anywhere else.
Question: How can we make commercial development viable on Wayne Road and Michigan Avenue given the current prediction that on-street parking will be difficult to fully implement?
Answer: Development along those streets should focus on commercial enterprises that don’t require on-street parking to thrive. Certain businesses don’t require the availability of visible parking and can be just as viable with parking behind the building.
Other things talked about were the ratio of commercial and residential in the downtown of Wayne, the specific designs of Michigan Avenue and Wayne Road, as well as what is under the jurisdiction of the city and the county.

Thursday, September 29
Design Day
Mid-Charrette Presentation

8:30 am – The Charrette Team gathered designs and began to put together the presentation drawings
10:00 am – City officials, DLZ consultants, Nederveld Associate and Prof. Andrew Von Maur along with two students met with the MDOT representatives to discuss street related matters. The current designs were presented to the various agencies and issues related to Michigan Ave. and Wayne St. werediscussed including: parking, safety, building orientation, retail options in regards to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and the possibility of Westbound Michigan Ave. on- street parking. Nevertheless roundabouts and pedestrian related issues were the center of the discussion.
12:00 pm – The Senior Center provided lunch for the charrette team and the consultants from DLZ and Nederveld Associates. We were warmly welcomed and after the meal Prof. Andrew Von Maur spoke briefly about the process that is taking place at this stage of the design process.
1:00 pm – Taking into consideration the recommendations presented in the meeting with MDOT representatives, the Charrette team made the pertinent corrections and continued the preparation process for the evening Mid-Charrette Presentation. Meanwhile Prof. Andrew Von Maur and charrette team members Jason Ficklen and John Ovies went to Detroit for a meeting with the SEMCOG representatives, where they discussed the possibility of Wayne as the location of a future transit system stop linking Ann Arbor to Detroit as well as the Airport.
6:00 pm – The Wayne Garden Club provided dinner for the charrette team.
6:30 pm – Team members prepared all the drawings and headed to the Senior Center for the presentation.
7:00 pm – Eighty people showed up for the Mid-Charrette presentation. Two schemes were presented to the public. The two proposals were identified as the “Newberry/Michigan Ave.” and “Main St.” schemes. The presentation incorporated an explanation of roundabouts by DLZ representatives and a street design redevelopment strategy outlines by a representative from a Nederveld Associate. After the presentations, citizens gathered by the presentation boards and spoke to individuals of the charrette team about their perspectives on the design schemes.

Question: Is Diagonal Parking a possibility for S Michigan Avenue?
Answer: Negative, there are two reasons; first it will represent a safety issue since the cars will have to back up into the upcoming traffic. Second, the width of the street constrains the requirements for diagonal parking.
Question: What is the difference between a roundabout and a traffic circle?
Answer: A roundabout is smaller in nature, cars don’t change lanes while driving in the circle, and cars yield at the entry way. A traffic circle is bigger, allows for changes in lanes while driving around the circle, as well as a direct entrance without reducing traveling speed.
Question: Since you are trying to bring both commercial and residential density in the downtown how do you propose to control noise pollution?
Answer: We call the combination of commercial and residential uses “Mixed-use Buildings”. The nature of this type is the timing factor, where the commercial occurs during the day and by late afternoon, depending on the retail type; the area becomes fairly quiet allowing the neighborhood to become ideal for the residents.
Other comments included thoughts on the pros and cons, snow plowing of roundabouts, the proposal for a gas station at the east end of the island, usefulness of condos, and concerns about public restrooms.

Wednesday, September 28
Design Day
Wayne 2020 Committee Meeting

8:30 am - The charrette team began the day by putting together all the documentation they collected on Wayne for reference during the design process. James Whitten and Charles Donaldson from DLZ arrived in the morning as traffic consultants. Some students, Prof. Von Maur, and the consultants went out for a walking tour to investigate the traffic conditions found on Michigan Avenue, Wayne Road, and the downtown center streets.

12:00 pm - The Wayne Fire Station provided lunch for the charrette team.

1:00 pm - The charrette team got into small design groups to start designing schemes surrounding the downtown in two possible scenarios, one using Main Street as the main retail street with Michigan Avenue as a second primary retail street, and the second one focuses on Newberry Street as the main retail street with westbound Michigan Avenue still as the retail street.

6:30 pm - The Wayne 2020 Committee provided supper for the charrette team. After dinner there was a meeting in which Prof. Von Maur recapped on what was discussed at the workshop the previous day.

Question: What is a round-about, and what are the benefits in reference to Wayne?
Answer: A round-about directs traffic in a way that is pedestrian friendly that doesn't stop the traffic from going through an intersection but slows it down to a more manageable speed. Having a round-about on eastbound Michigan Ave at Wayne Road would help alleviate awkward turn conditions. It would also free up land that could be used for development instead of public infrastructure.
Question: There are things about each scheme that could be useful in Wayne. Is there a possibility of taking parts of each scheme and putting them all together?
Answer: Yes, that is the point of these informal workshops. By giving a variety of schemes the charrette team can find out what is possible for the downtown, as well as find out what the citizens of Wayne would like to see in their city.
Question: What is CSS?
Answer: CSS stands for Context Sensitive Solutions. This is a program and/or movement that focus on designs and solutions for streets and traffic control. It works at all levels going so far as discussing the maintenance and policies of each community project separately and in the context of the local community while still keeping in mind the safety of pedestrians, and the flow of traffic.
Other comments included thoughts on the mall, grocery stores, the type of architectural details that should be found on the primary downtown streets, how a pedestrian can cross busy streets, and what kind of density should be in the downtown: either residential or commercial.

Tuesday, September 27
Documentation & Analysis
Preliminary Design
Workshop

8:30 am – The charrette team began the day by finishing all documentation and analyzing the downtown, residential streets, parks, and parking. Michael Campbell, Terry Sanford, and Mark Miller form Nederveld Associates arrived later in the morning to study the site.

12:00 pm – The Wayne Rotary Club provided lunch for the charrette team at the Wayne Community Center.

1:30 pm – The charrette team continued to document and analyze existing conditions in Wayne. Team members measured street conditions, took inventory of parks and parking, studied existing land use conditions, photographed the study area, etc.

2:30 pm – The charrette team, began brainstorming sessions to investigate four fundamentally different strategies for organizing future developments in downtown. All strategies preserved as many existing buildings as possible and considered different locations that are of importance to the citizens of Wayne.

2:45 pm – While the charrette team was working in the brainstorming process; team member Johnny Vliet had the opportunity to go on a helicopter ride, to take pictures of Wayne from a cool perspective.

5:30 pm – The four different strategies were finished and pinned up to be discussed among the team and the consultants in an internal review.

6:30 pm – Twenty citizens came to the Interactive Public Design Workshop. Four proposals were pinned up for public discussion. Some of the significant topics discussed included the train station, residential needs, the preservation of old buildings, parking concerns among other things.


Question: Is the Veterans Memorial being taken into consideration in the design?
Answer: Yes, it is one of the few monuments in the city so therefore it must be considered in the design. We don’t know at this point if the best place for it is where it presently sits or if it would be better suited in a more prominent place but it won’t be over looked.
Question: Will there be changes to the traffic conditions on Michigan Avenue?
Answer: We are looking at different possibilities on how to address Michigan Avenue, which includes on street parking, lane conditions, as well as the arguments that deal with traffic flow.
Question: Has the charrette team looked at making the Main Street a primary street?
Answer: Yes, one of the strategies looked at making Main Street the center of downtown. The team worked on establishing this street as the center of town while preserving key buildings to reinforce the history of Wayne. However there are a few issues that need to be considered like the accessibility of the area and the buildings that are now in the street thoroughfare.
Other comments included thoughts on pedestrian bridges, Newberry Street becoming a primary retail street, the integration of round-abouts, bringing residential housing onto Main Street, making Wayne a destination town, removing buildings like the mall, and incorporating a historical statue of General Wayne.


Monday, September 26
Documentation & Analysis
Opening Presentation

8:30 am - To study local development patterns, the charrette team began with a walking tour of greater downtown Wayne guided by city planner Matthew Miller. Among other areas, team members explored the “tree streets”, the “island” between the two Michigan Avenues, and the neighborhood surrounding Jaycee Park.

12:00 pm – The Wayne fire department provided lunch for the charrette team.

1:00 pm – The charrette team continued to document and analyze existing conditions in Wayne. Team members measured street conditions, took inventory of parks and parking, studied existing land use conditions, photographed the study area, etc.

4:30 pm - Church members and representatives of the Wayne Historical Society hosted an early dinner for the charrette team at Wayne Congregational Church. Afterwards, Virginia Presson provided the team with some historical insight at the local historical museum.

7:00 pm - Eighty-five citizens crammed into the Wayne fire station’s training room to participate in the charrette’s opening presentation. City planner Matthew Miller opened the evening, after which professor Andrew von Maur introduced the team, study area and project. See the aerial map below (outlined in red) to view the study area. Most importantly, von Maur emphasized that public participation in the planning process is essential to produce a useful and meaningful project. Second, the general goal of the project was identified: to meaningfully densify the downtown in order to make a true downtown. Third, conventional zoning and policy planning was contrasted with the town planning principles of the New Urbanism (see “About the Charrette Team” and “Links” for further information on this issue). Among other things, von Maur stressed that a meaningful planning strategy must provide regulations which direct growth towards a community vision – something which contemporary zoning does not accomplish. Following the presentation, the team opened the discussion for Q&A:

Question: Is there going to be a lot of demolition?
Answer: No. The charrette team's intent is to preserve existing buildings, businesses and residences as much as possible. Instead of repeating the "urban renewal" activities of the 1960s, this plan will work around existing structures and needs in order to provide infill development and a pedestrian-friendly network of streets and blocks.
Question: Will the charrette team encourage the the demolition of historic structures?
Answer: No. The charrette team understands that the few historic structures left in downtown are essential for a meaningful recovery of urban life.
Question: How does one address a downtown which has only churches and bars?
Answer: While urban design is not the entire solution, one sted towards achieving economic diversity is to provide a true diversity of dwelling types within the immediate neighborhood, which will encourage a diversity of citizens and consumers to support local retail and services.
Other comments included thoughts on existing truck routes, the library, the veterans memorial, and the lack of on-street parking. Citizens were generally pleased with the charrette team's arrival and are looking forward to a fruitful process.


Sunday, September 25
Arrival in Wayne

After briefly visiting downtown Detroit, the charrette team arrived at the Wayne fire station in the afternoon to set up the charrette studio. At 5:00pm the city of Wayne hosted an informal welcome reception at the wayne public library, where the charrette team members met their hosts. City manager John Zech and city planner Matthew Miller welcomed the charrette team in the presence of city council and Wayne 20/20 commitee members.

Professor Andrews von Maur and the 16 graduate architecture students are honored to be working on the project, and grateful for the generous support from the community.

The charrette team invites all citizens of Wayne to participate in this collaborative project and hopes to see a large turn-out at Monday's presentation.