Client: City of Huber Heights, Ohio
Like many post World War II suburbs in Ohio, Huber Heights lacks a downtown. It has no central gathering place suitable for civic events that define its character, and is instead dominated by major arterials and auto-oriented, sprawl development. The City of Huber Heights hired BPS and Urban Decision Group to develop a revitalization plan for its main thoroughfare, Brandt Pike. The plan aims to transform the high speed, high volume state highway lined with vacant shopping centers and fast food restaurants into a thriving, multi-modal corridor that acts as the economic, civic, and cultural hub of the City.
BPS conducted extensive public outreach as part of this project and received strong local support. The Project Team worked with a diverse coalition of stakeholders, including business owners, residents, the Dayton Metro Library Huber Heights branch, and various city departments, to develop a balanced, realistic, and inspiring vision for the corridor. The plan includes recommendations for:
• The Public Realm (transportation improvements)
• The Private Realm (built environment improvements)
• The economy (commercial and housing markets)
A conceptual redevelopment plan centers around a newly built library branch and includes a senior living campus, mixed use office, retail, and residential development, and major improvements to streetscapes, signal timing, and active transportation infrastructure. Private investments have already been committed to and are in the works, including the new library.