US 183 Enhancement Study

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US 183 ENHANCEMENT STUDY
The Cedar Park Community Development Corporation (4B Board) worked in conjunction with the City Council and the community to establish and implement an enhancement plan for the US 183 corridor. Working with the business and landowners along US 183 and other stakeholders, the 4B Board published a study which lays out a conceptual plan and an implementation strategy for corridor enhancements in the areas of economic development, safety, access, mobility, and aesthetics.

US 183 Corridor Enhancement Plan Attachment A (graphics)

Safety
Elements of safety include driveway closures, driveway consolidation, removal of visibility barriers and property located in high accident locations as defined by the US 183 Enhancement Study. These activities will help decrease the number of traffic accidents along US 183.

Access Management
Access management elements include: driveway closures and consolidation, driveway alignment for facing businesses, and redesign of parking lots for joint access. These elements will allow cars to access businesses more efficiently.

Mobility
Mobility will involve: driveway alignment, driveway consolidation, addition or renovation of sidewalks, and removal of visibility barriers. These activities will keep cars moving in a safe and continuous manner along the corridor.

Aesthetics
Aesthetic elements include: sign replacement from pole to monument type sign, addition to or modification of landscaping along the corridor, addition of pedestrian amenities such as benches or trash receptacles, and addition of lighting elements. These eligible activities will serve to enhance the overall appearance of US 183.

Partnerships
If an applicant comes to the Board with an adjoining or facing business as a partner, the application will receive additional points in the scoring process and will thus have the opportunity to receive a higher percentage of funding from the Board.

Process
The 4B Corporation has established an application process that any business or landowner along US 183 can participate in. The applicant will describe the current property and the proposed renovations in an application and the 4B Board will then consider the proposal for funding assistance. Note: each applicant must be willing to help participate in the funding of their proposed project. The Board will use specific criteria to evaluate each project and score it to determine whether and how much to fund. Each year the Board will vote on an approved amount of funding assistance. For example, in 2004 the 4B Board voted to approve “up to 75% of eligible costs but never more than $50,000 per partner”.

General Guidelines
• Only those on the US 183 Corridor are eligible to apply. Use of funds will be focused on safety, mobility and aesthetic improvements to commercial property.
• The day the application is received by 4B staff will serve as the start date for the project.
• All applicants are encouraged to meet with 4B staff prior to submission of application.
• Projects in a high accident area or designated priority area will be prioritized and will thus have the opportunity to receive more funding dependent on the total project’s ability to meet the project goals.
• High priority area: An area or location that exhibits high congestion, decreased mobility, limited or compromised access, and/or a high accident level
• High accident area: An area which has experienced 10 or more accidents over the past three years.
• Projects with two or more businesses partnering will be prioritized and will thus have the opportunity to receive more funding than a single business dependent on the total project’s ability to meet the project goals.

Funding Guidelines
• Funding will be administered on a first come, first served basis dependent upon the availability of funds and the project’s ability to meet the project goals.
• Funding will be given for a portion of the total eligible costs of the project not to exceed available funds.
• All applicants must be able to contribute financially for a portion of the total project cost (amount to be determined annually by 4B Board).
• Building or business owners must apply for funding assistance before work has begun. No funding will be awarded for work that has already been done.
• All design and construction plans must be approved by the 4B Board prior to applicants receiving funds. Only those projects that meet the appropriate project goals can be funded.
• Compensation will be administered based on receipt of invoices up to the fixed amount (percentage of total eligible costs) specified in the agreement between the property owner and the 4B Corporation.
• In case of more projects than funding, projects will be prioritized based on project goals.
• The award of funding will be at the sole discretion of the 4B Corporation.

For more information about the US 183 Enhancement Plan, contact:
Fran Irwin, Director of Community Affairs at the City of Cedar Park, at 512-401-5009 or fran.irwin@cedarparktexas.gov

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