Aggieville Community Vision
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View the describing the future vision for Aggieville and projects to follow. The document is responding to the issues identified and the opportunities explored through research and community input we received through focus group meetings, outreach events, an open house, and our community survey yielding more than 4,200 responses.
The plan document was adopted by the City Commission via Ordinance no. 7280 on April 18, 2017.
Fly around in the representing the future massing concepts, streetscape improvements, and redevelopment opportunities in the Aggieville Community Vision. Please note that the model is data heavy and may take several minutes to load. It may operate slowly for some users and may not work on all hardware or Web browsers. You can also watch the narrated video fly-though which describes the model and the concepts of the plan in more detail.
Current Projects and Initiatives
Below, you'll find information on current projects and initiatives relating to the implementation of the Aggieville Community Vision plan. The Olsson Associates design team has also created a web page with information related to the Streetscape & Triangle Park Design, naming it Aggieville Vision to Reality.
TIF District Establishment
The Aggieville Community Vision will require a public funding source to finance public improvements like multi-story parking garages, landscaping, and street amenities. One of those sources is Tax Increment Financing. What does that mean? When a TIF district is created, the City establishes a base valuation of the district and freezes it. The district continues to provide property tax revenue to the City, County, USD 383 and State at that level for the next 20 years. The City then captures the increase above the base in tax revenue resulting from rising property value in the future years. This is not a new tax or additional fee, it is a result of growth and increased valuations due to development and increases in land values. The City invests that money directly back into the district in the form of public improvements. Those public improvements attract more private development and reinvestment, which in turn increases the value of property in the district that the city can again capture and invest back in the district- and the process repeats itself. This is the same mechanism the City used to finance improvements to Downtown since 2006.
The City Commission established the boundary in March 2019 and it is expected to be finalized in May 2019.
In August 2018, 0.69 acres of the southwest corner of 12th and Bluemont, including part of the old City parking lot next to Starbucks, was rezoned to allow construction of a five-story hotel.
The hotel will contain 127 guest rooms and a 113-stall parking garage. This will be the first major private commercial redevelopment following the adoption of the Aggieville Community Vision Plan, which envisions the Bluemont corridor as a high-density urban edge of Aggieville. This development will also provide economic support for the district by increasing the number of visitors to Aggieville and leveraging TIF revenue (see section below) for public improvements described in the plan. Construction is expected to begin Summer 2019 and be completed in Fall of 2020.
Delta Sigma Phi Historic Designation
The Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, located at the northwest corner of 11th and Fremont, is pursuing Historic designation with the help of the Kansas Historical Society and the City of Manhattan. The building was constructed in 1907 as a YMCA and hosted Kansas State College’s first basketball game. It later became St. Mary’s Hospital. The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity purchased the building in 1955. Ownership has been maintained by the fraternity ever since. The building has been altered for this use over time. However, preliminary assessment from the Kansas Historical Society finds the building to be potentially eligible for the Register of Historic Kansas Places. The ACV plan specifically calls for the preservation of this building. Historic designation will help meet this goal.
Past Projects and Initiatives
Below, you'll find a history of completed projects and initiatives relating to the implementation of the Aggieville Community Vision plan.
Spring 2019: Phase II Zoning Amendments
Changes related to increased building heights, building design, and reduced parking requirements in Aggieville's Zoning (C-3) were adopted by the City Commission in March 2019. See City Zoning Regulations. These changes will unlock private redevelopment potential on the edges of Aggieville along Laramie and Bluemont primarily by allowing buildings up to five stories tall. These redevelopments will ultimately support the vision for Aggieville as a vibrant urban district.
Winter 2018/2019: Streetscape & Triangle Park Design
In Summer 2018 we kicked off the streetscape and Triangle Park design phase of the plan. It included public visioning sessions, design charrettes, surveys, and focus groups to close in on a design concept to improve the streets, sidewalks, landscaping, traffic circulation, and pedestrian experience in Aggieville. Plan concepts were accepted by the Commission in early 2019. See the concepts here.
Fall 2018: Changes to Parking Limits
New parking limits went into effect fall 2018. The changes will add parking capacity to the district area while the Aggieville Hotel parking garage is under construction.
Summer 2018: 12b Redevelopment
In June 2017, land on the north side of the 1100 block of Bluemont Avenue was rezoned to allow for the construction of the 37-unit apartment building, 12b. This was the first major private redevelopment project following the adoption of the Aggieville Community Vision Plan, which further enhances the Bluemont Avenue Corridor as a high-density urban edge of Aggieville and provides additional housing options in the Aggieville area. The project was completed in August 2018.
Winter 2017/2018: Parking and Infrastructure Assessment
The City partnered with Olsson Associates and Walker Consultants to determine future parking demand based on the redevelopment envisioned in the Aggieville Community Vision Plan, and how that demand might be met through multi-level parking garages. Capacity and potential constrains on infrastructure, including water, sewer, and storm-water due to redevelopment were also assessed. The final report provides cost estimates for various scenarios so policies for infrastructure provision, public–private partnerships, and parking management strategies may be implemented.
Fall 2017: Property Tax Analysis
The Aggieville Community Vision is likely to require a public funding source to finance public improvements like multi-story parking garages, landscaping, and street amenities. One possible financing tool is “tax increment financing”. When a TIF district is created, the City establishes a base valuation of the district. The district continues to provide property tax revenue to the City, County, USD 383 and State at that level for the next 20 years, demonstrated in the graph below. The City then captures the increase above the base in tax revenue resulting from rising property value in the future years. This is not a new tax or additional fee, it is a result of growth and increased valuations due to development and increases in land values. The City then captures and invests that money directly back into the district in the form of public improvements. Those public improvements attract more private development and reinvestment, which in turn increases the value of property in the district that the city can again capture and invest back in the district- and the process repeats itself. This is the same mechanism the City used to finance improvements Downtown over the last 10 years.
How feasible is that for Aggieville? Looking at the current picture of citywide local property tax being generated, Aggieville and the downtown are already the most efficient property tax generators per square foot in the city (see map below). In fact, three of the top five most efficient generators in Manhattan are in Aggieville and 98 of the top 100 are either in Downtown or Aggieville. Thus reinvestment through area-based financing in these areas yields great potential for improvements.
The Aggieville Community Vision plan calls for substantial redevelopment of land currently locked up in surface parking and low-density development that could be redeveloped to substantially increase property value of the district, making Aggieville more vibrant and commercially viable.
Spring 2017: Phase I Zoning Amendments
The C-3 zoning district regulations were amended following the adoption of the ACV plan in spring 2017. These changes discourage additional highway and suburban strip-style development by prohibiting future drive-through establishments and requiring any provided parking to be placed behind buildings. See Manhattan Zoning Regulations. These changes will encourage more development in the future that emphasizes an environment centered around the pedestrian experience of Aggieville as a walkable urban center.
Fall 2016: The State of the Ville Report
The “State of the Ville” is a compilation of background information supplementing the Aggieville Community Vision Plan document. It established the conditions and trends from recent years on a range of factors shaping Aggieville. The report creates a dialogue of the issues and challenges within the district while helping to identify opportunities throughout the planning process based on analysis of observed data, informational mapping, and analyzed community input. The Aggieville Community Vision Plan responds to the findings in the State of the Ville report.
Spring 2016: The Community Survey
The Aggieville Community Vision Survey was completed in May 2016. It yielded more than 4,200 responses from college students, permanent residents, business owners, military members, and K-State alumni who through the survey were able to communicate their vision for the future of Aggieville. The collected data was compiled and analyzed in the State of the Ville Report. See the full survey results.
Main themes centered around:
- Parking capacity
- Pedestrian improvements
- Increased sidewalk amenities
- Improved safety and security
- Diversity of business
- History and cultural activity
- Improvements to Triangle Park
- Redevelopment opportunities