Drafting a future for 112th Avenue

first_imgWhat: The Northeast 112th Avenue Corridor Plan, which would add sidewalks and bike lanes and includes design guidelines.When: The Vancouver City Council will vote on the plans following a public hearing at 7 p.m. meeting on Dec. 19.Where: City Hall, council chambers, 415 W. Sixth St.It won’t happen anytime soon, but as city planners look out along Northeast 112th Avenue, they can see the potential for big changes in the sprawling, car-centric corridor. Sidewalks and bike lanes that run the whole stretch of 112th from south of Northeast Ninth Street all the way to at least Northeast 28th Street. Shorter blocks with numerous connector streets to encourage walking. More high-density housing and fewer drive-throughs.“We really want to create an urban center, a place that’s walkable, a place where people want to gather and be,” principal planner Sandra Towne told the city council during a presentation on Nov. 28.The Northeast 112th Avenue Corridor Plan is a high-level, 20-year vision for the corridor that creates plans for sidewalks, bike lanes, high-density housing and other design guidelines.There’s no money in the city’s budget to do any of the roadway improvements, so don’t expect jackhammers along 112th putting in sidewalks as soon as the city council votes on the plan Dec. 19.But the corridor vision would help Vancouver go after grants for the work, Towne said. Also, with a large part of the area yet to be developed, the design guidelines and connector streets would go in once the economy picks up and construction starts up again, she said.last_img read more