Tax Increment Financing Project, Phase II, 2015-2017
Phase I of the Sunnyside Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Project for Sunnyside was completed in 2011. Planning and design for Phase II of the TIF Project began in May 2013 and will be completed in August 2017. And without question, University Place--a $70 million mixed-use development occupying the entire 2000 block of University Avenue--caught and held the attention of the Sunnyside Up Board of Directors as it began to think through Sunnyside's most important infrastructure needs and commitments over the coming decade.
Phase III is being planned and construction will start in 2017-2018.
University Place sets context for TIF Project, Phase II
Demolition of existing homes on the 2000 block of Sunnyside (3rd Street north to Houston Street south) to make way for U. Place begins in March, 2013.
Demolition continues, including Mutt's Place (ocre colored building on left), March 2013
Prep for construction begins in April, 2013. Looking South across site from 3rd Street
Prep of site continues through May 2013. Vantage from Grant Ave.
Vantage from top of Overhill Street, April 24
Steel beam skeletal structure of University Place begins going up in August, 2013
Vantage from University Ave. October 2013
From top of Overhill Street
Vantage from bottom of Overhill Street, October 2013
Living units (in yellow) well underway December 2013. From top of Overhill St.
Building complete with roof in April, 2014
August 13, 2014
Documentary Background for TIF Project, Phase II.
The documents and photos featured below reflect the extent to which the sheer physical presence and size of University Place made demands for infrastructure upgrades in Sunnyside--from streets and sidewalks to deep public services such as storm water, potable water, and sewer--that will reconfigure the landscape of Sunnyside in both the short and long terms.
The principal component of the TIF Project, Phase II, will begin in summer 2015. It will entail a major reconfiguration of University Avenue at Beverly Ave. and Third Streets. AECOM, our TIF Engineer, projects that $1.7 million will be necessary to retrofit U. Ave. to serve the increased traffic (pedestrian and vehicular) A new parking garage is currently under construction right across University Ave. from University Place (see WVU Parking Garage). Infrasctructure upgrades will require the lowering of U. Ave. by approximately six feet to bring it down to the level of the Beverly Ave. and Third Street intersections. A street light and pedestrian crossing will be included in the reconfiguration of Univesity Avenue.
E.L. Robinson Engineering, at the request of the builder, did a preliminary study of upgrades to this difficult intersection. The E.L. Robinson study was followed by a preliminary design by TIF Engineer AECOM (click on AECOM pdf icon below). As this is being written (Feb. 20, 2014) AECOM moves forward with go-to-bid plans for the reconfiguration of University Ave. at University Place. Stay tuned.