Following from the successful workshops for Independence and Seven Hills, Ohio that were held in the fall of 2014, the two communities are moving forward with developing area plans for five non-residential districts. The area plans are being pursued as a recommendation of the Economic Development and Strategic Plan for Independence.
One of the greatest areas of opportunity is Independence’s downtown. The city’s ownership of several large and contiguous parcels give the district enormous potential to rapidly transform. The planning team has worked closely with a 15-member planning committee throughout the process and is now preparing a set of strategic recommendations that would push the district into a bold new form that integrates a range of uses including housing, retail, restaurants, entertainment and open space. These recommendations are supported by market analysis from Randall Gross Development economics, which has helped to shape the scale and intensity of the working recommendations.
The team will host an open house to present the plans in the spring of 2015.