Overview: Phase 3 Refinements, White Bear Avenue

This is an overview of White Bear Avenue station area Phase 3 refined circulation and development plans. See PDF here.

Background

From community input in October 2017, the following objectives were identified for this station area:

  • Create a safe station environment
  • Consider a safe and direct extension of Hazel Street south to Suburban Avenue (I-94 undercrossing)
  • Ensure safe walking and biking within the station area
  • Maintain affordable housing
  • Promote additional housing and development opportunities

The Phase 3 refined circulation and development plans address the following:

  • Safety: A highly visible and active station
  • Connectivity: Walking and biking routes into the neighborhood and to shopping destinations
  • Housing: Opportunities to increase affordable and market rate housing
  • Jobs: Long-term, mixed-use commercial development south of Interstate 94

White Bear “Neighborhood” Station

Station “typologies” reflect the complementary role between stations along the corridor and inform the type and intensity of transit-oriented development that should be emphasized in each station’s development plan.

Station typologies respond to station-specific conditions, community desires, and adopted policies and plans while being consistent with best practices for transit-oriented development. Assigning a station typology to each station area considers site conditions, market conditions, and demographics.

Based on these factors, each of the 10 stations along the corridor was assigned one of four types as described below:

  • Neighborhood: Established residential areas with fewer opportunities for transit-oriented infill or development
  • Mixed-use Neighborhood: A mix of higher density affordable and market rate multi-family housing, street-oriented commercial uses, and neighborhood-scale employment is achievable and fostered
  • Employment: Established employment centers that provide family-wage jobs and high transit ridership opportunities
  • Commerce: Established commercial centers that serve the corridor and region

The White Bear Avenue station is a “Neighborhood” station, providing:

  • Improved station access to existing transit-dependent neighborhood
  • New infill housing at the station, both affordable and market-rate
  • Long-term BRTOD uses south of I-94, including employment, commercial, and housing


Station Location and Guideway Design Refinements (September 2018)

At the White Bear Station, the proposed BRT route would be located along the north side of Interstate 94 and south of Old Hudson Road. The station would be located at Hazel Street, between White Bear Avenue and Ruth Street.

As shown in the graphics, there would be new sidewalks and trails to support station access, and the BRT guideway would run under White Bear Avenue and Ruth Streets.


Phase 3 Draft Circulation Plan

Based on stakeholder feedback and technical issues, the refined circulation plan for the White Bear BRT station area includes the following:

  • Within 1/4 mile of the station a “loop” of walk and bike improvements to ensure safe and direct access between the station and shopping destinations south of I-94 along Suburban Avenue
  • Within 1/2 mile of the station, walk and bike improvements connect the station to the neighborhood on Hazel Street and link destinations such as recreation centers and schools along 3rd Street, and Ruth Street

Station access route, Old Hudson Road bike lanes (A on the map above)

New bike lanes and sidewalks provide primary east and west access to the station between White Bear Avenue and Ruth Street

 

 

Station access route, White Bear Avenue bridge (A on the map above)

Connects the BRT station to the corridor trail running along Suburban Avenue and destinations such as Target

 

Station access route, 3rd Street bike lanes (A on the map above)

Connects the BRT station to residential areas, Harding High School, and the Conway Recreation Center and the Sun Ray library

 

 

Corridor walk and bike trail (B on the map above)

Improvements along the south side of Suburban Avenue to support connections to Target, Aldi, Ha Tien Market, and other destinations, and to I-94 crossings at White Bear Avenue and Ruth Street

 

 

Corridor trail, Ruth Street bridge segment (B on the map above)

Potential Ruth Street Bridge improvements include the walk and bike trail on the east side of bridge, connecting the BRT station to destinations south of I-94 such as grocery stores and continuing on the corridor trail along Burns Avenue

 


Phase 3 Draft Development Plan

The draft Development Plan identifies the location of land uses that support a safe and active BRT station environment, enhance BRT ridership, and capitalize on the station area’s proximity to I-94 and access to BRT. Land uses and density of development are consistent with the City’s adopted station area zoning.

North side of I-94 at White Bear station (Hazel Street)

  • New park
  • Station oriented toward the park
  • Apartment buildings (325-450 units) provide housing close to the station, and support transit ridership and a safe station environment

South side of I-94 along Suburban Avenue

A future Suburban Avenue Master Plan should guide redevelopment of this aging auto-oriented commercial corridor, and should consider:

  • A new street grid to encourage walking and biking and reduce the scale of development
  • Park and an open space amenity for potential housing and/or commercial uses
  • Apartment buildings and townhomes to provide housing options close to the station and support transit ridership
  • Employment and commercial uses to support additional employment and neighborhood-supporting goods and services