The purpose of the Baldwin Downtown and Commercial Corridor Resiliency (DCRR) Study is to develop a plan that ensures economic and physical resiliency within the hamlet of Baldwin. The Baldwin DCCR Study will build on existing local initiatives to create a comprehensive and implementable vision for economically competitive and physically resilient commercial and mixed-use districts in the hamlet of Baldwin. It will evaluate potential opportunities to foster economic investment, provide housing options, reduce automobile dependence, enhance public spaces, and ultimately create a more economically and physically resilient community. Ultimately, these opportunities could lead to construction of new residences and businesses in close proximity to public transportation and outside of low-lying and flood prone areas. The study will consist of goals that focus on green infrastructure improvements, as well as commercial and mixed use development opportunities. Active participation and collaboration by municipal officials, local/regional agencies, community stakeholders, residents and the general public will be essential to reaching these goals.
This Existing Conditions and Analysis (ECA) report indicates the data collection activities that were conducted, summarizes the data collected and describes the relevance to the Baldwin DCCR Study, and provides analyses of existing conditions that pertain to the Baldwin DCCR Study areas. The Primary Study Area focuses on the commercial corridors within Baldwin (i.e., along Grand, Milburn, and Atlantic Avenues, Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway) and the Secondary Study Area encompasses the full expanse of the Baldwin community. This ECA report is divided into seven sections. The first, of which this is part, provides a brief discussion of the location and setting of the Baldwin DCCR Study, including a description of the Primary and Secondary Study Areas; indicates the purpose of the Baldwin DCCR Study; and presents the analysis areas comprising the main portion of the ECA report. Section 2.0 provides a discussion of Community Participation efforts and next steps with respect to public and community outreach. Sections 3.0 through 6.0 each include a discussion of the relevant existing conditions and potential opportunity areas and constraints of the respective topics:
- Transportation (Section 3.0);
- Stormwater/Green Infrastructure/Design (Section 4.0);
- Land Use/Zoning/Public Policy (Section 5.0); and
- Fiscal/Economic Resources (Section 6.0).