Stewart provided bicycle & pedestrian planning and design services, cost estimating, transit connectivity analysis, and phases/implementation plan development for the Fordham Boulevard & Ephesus Church Road redevelopment area. The Ephesus Fordham Area became a new zoning district in July 2014. The goal is to renew and transform an area characterized by strip malls, parking lots, confusing roadways, and traffic congestion. The Ephesus Fordham District advances the Chapel Hill 2020 community goals to create a pleasant walking experience, and a mix of commercial uses, upper story residences and offices, bike paths and sidewalk cafes. The vision was created by public input through visioning workshops with residents and business owners that began in July 2010. Development is happening fast in the Fordham/Ephesus district.
Stewart’s approach to the corridor was to develop a series of improvements that can be phased over time to achieve the long term vision of easy biking and walking access. Fordham Boulevard’s wide right of way and access roads that are being phased out create great opportunities for multi-use paths and streetscape improvements throughout the corridor. Stewart also proposed a series of pedestrian bridges that span a wide, congested floodplain and an NCDOT state highway. The design would also be incorporated at the greenway level into future development, which would create storefronts directly onto the greenway.
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