Overview: Helmo Phase 3 BRTOD Concept Refinements

This is an overview of Helmo Station Area Phase 3 refinements for the BRTOD neighborhood concept, land use and development, and circulation framework-roadway hierarchy. See PDF here.

Phase 3 Refinement: BRTOD Neighborhood Concept

A new central park and enhanced open space corridor provides a catalyst for redevelopment that includes:

  • A mixed-use neighborhood with multi-family housing surrounding the central park, and employment oriented to 4th Street and adjacent to the existing Oaks Business Park
  • Street-oriented retail within or adjacent to multi-family buildings at the intersection of the planned Helmo Avenue bridge, relocated Helmo BRT station, and a realigned Hudson Boulevard
  • A 106-space park and ride (west of the planned Helmo Avenue bridge)
  • A multi-story office building adjacent to the I-94 corridor and south of the existing Crossroads properties
  • A proposed Hudson Boulevard realignment west of Helmo Avenue, new street grid east of Helmo Avenue to improve access to the station, and development parcels within the Helmo station area

 

Phase 3 Refinement: Land Use and Development

The land use framework identifies the location of transit-supportive multi-family (760 to 910 units), employment (office at 178,000 and office with flex up to 360,000 square feet) and limited retail and services (25,000-50,000 square feet). These provide for a safe and active BRT station environment and capitalize on the station area’s open space and trail amenities, proximity to I-94, access to BRT, and the planned Helmo Avenue bridge crossing south to Bielenberg Drive in Woodbury.

 

Phase 3 Refinement: Circulation Framework – Roadway Hierarchy

The circulation framework reinforces the Helmo station as a hub for transit-oriented development through the creation of “complete streets” where adequate facilities are provided for all modes — auto, truck, transit, pedestrian, and bicycle. These complete streets include essential auto and service access and “right-sized” roadway travel lanes to preserve necessary mobility for existing collector and minor reliever roadways, while the new street grid provides access to development parcels on local streets that fosters pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly mixed-use development.

A hierarchy of streets has been established to address both mobility and adjacent land use needs. The circulation diagram illustrates the street types and locations required to provide station area and development parcel access. Moreover, it establishes a development context including block scale and massing to support future land uses and a setting for “placemaking.” These street improvements will contribute to creating a distinct and attractive mixed-use, transit-supportive district.