Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mixed uses envisioned for Wyoming's City Center

The Wyoming City Center Mayor's Task Force presented plans for the redevelopment of its City Center late last month.

The study site, which consists of land bounded by the south edge of the Public Safety Facility and Wyoming, Grove, and Oak avenues, was targeted in the city's 2007 master plan for mixed uses, including neighborhood-scaled retail, office, civic, and residential uses.

The cornerstone of the City Center is the 8,200-square-foot building at 400 Wyoming Avenue, formerly the home of Sturkey's, Encore, and Village Green restaurants.

The city purchased the property in July.

A housing and commercial study by Property Advisors said that the large number of affluent househoulds in Wyoming could support an additional 525,000-725,000 square feet of commercial space over the next five years.

Property Advisors also recommended that the city increase its moderately-priced housing options ($200,000-$275,000) and offer more housing styles, including attached townhomes.

GBBN Architects took preliminary task force brainstorming and developed the concept of redeveloping 400 Wyoming Avenue as a restaurant and bar, with outdoor dining and second-floor office space.

A second concept for the building reduces the dining space and adds a retail component on the west side of the building.

GBBN also proposed two new buildings north of 400 Wyoming Avenue, fronting a parking lot that serves as an extention of Wirtz way.

Both proposals for those buildings include ground-floor retail space, but interchange second-floor office and residential uses.

Recommendations will be made to Wyoming City Council for consideration.