CDS | WORK | Florence-Salt Lake Transit Oriented Community Masterplan

FLORENCE-SALT LAKE TRANSIT ORIENTED COMMUNITY MASTERPLAN

The Florence/Salt Lake Station sits along the Florence Avenue arterial and within a predominantly residential neighborhood, composed primarily of single-family residences. It is adjacent to Salt Lake Park with recreational facilities situated in the City of Huntington Park. There are limited amounts of retail and/or industrial uses on Florence Avenue. It will be important to enhance connectivity within the station area neighborhoods to support both ridership as well as the improvement in the quality of life that the transit line can bring. Simultaneously it will also be important that measures are in place to protect residents who are at risk of displacement and that potential economic opportunities that are opened by the transit line can be fully accessible to all. 

The creation of TOD Mixed-use Overlay Zones that permits higher density mixed-use for the cities of Bell, Cudahy, and Huntington Park are critical to build on the market for potential development and will specifically incentivize the development of residential mixed-use at transit-supportive densities. There is an opportunity for the Florence/Salt Lake Station to further enhance its surrounding neighborhood by transitioning existing automotive and other uses to neighborhood-serving uses.


Typology

Masterplan, Urban Design,  Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use

Location

Los Angeles County, California

Year

2017-2019

Status

Completed

Size

125 Acres

Client

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Collaboraters

Patricia Smith Landscape Architect, HR&A Advisors, Inc, Arellano Associates

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Ashwini Dhamankar, Sijin Sun, Saswati Das, Caglar Gokbulut, Sameer Ameen, Jim Leggitt


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CDS | WORK | Arts District Transit Oriented Community Masterplan

ARTS DISTRICT TRANSIT ORIENTED COMMUNITY MASTERPLAN

The Arts District South Station sits at the southern edge of the development boom occurring within the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. While the Station Area is still largely industrial and sits within the Industrial BID, a number of major nearby projects will be delivering substantial amounts of office, retail, and residential space to the area in the next five to ten years. Adjacent uses such as the LA Produce Market, the Greyhound Station as well as the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Metro’s Division One are opportunities to attract visitors or opportunities that have the potential for adaptive reuse or redevelopment that can support the development of a vibrant transit-oriented community.

“​DTLA 2040” is the update to two community plans, Central City and Central City North, which comprise Downtown Los Angeles. The predominant zoning in the station area east of Alameda and north of Bay Street is Hybrid Industrial at various densities. West of Alameda has primarily designated Markets at various scales. Production is preserved south of Olympic Boulevard. Hybrid ordinances establish a mix of uses in response to the changing nature of work and the impetus to live and work in close proximity. The Zoning codes require no minimum parking requirement and encourage alternative modes for parking in the Arts District.


Typology

Masterplan, Urban Design, Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use

Location

Los Angeles County, California

Year

2017-2019

Status

Completed

Size

125 Acres

Client

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Collaboraters

Patricia Smith Landscape Architect, HR&A Advisors, Inc, Arellano Associates

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Ashwini Dhamankar, Sijin Sun, Saswati Das, Caglar Gokbulut, Sameer Ameen, Jim Leggitt


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CDS | WORK | Manas Pune Township

MANAS PUNE TOWNSHIP

The 1,600-acre Manas Township is located about eight miles west of the rapidly growing City of Pune (the “Oxford of the East”) in western India. This new town is adjacent to the Pune-Mumbai Expressway which parallels the Education / IT Corridor, possibly the most advanced enclave of this nature in South Asia. The plan area is located about 400 meters above sea level on very complex topography. The proposed conceptual master plan engages this natural environment and is oriented to take advantage of the spectacular views of the nearby Manas lake, the mountain range, and the nearby 400-year old fort.

The town is oriented along a central promenade, a linear “central park” that creates an armature of public space valuing pedestrian experience through a diversity of uses located at key nodes. The promenade connects the mixed-use city gateway to the apex of a club/community center at the top of the hill while providing a central activity node half-way up the hill. The township is informed by the Indian values of Vastu-shastra, the traditional planning principles, as well as by contemporary urban design practice and complex zoning.


Typology

Urban Design, Masterplan, Mixed-Use, Commercial, Residential

Location

Pune, Maharashtra, India

Year

2009, 2020

Status

Partially Implemented

Size

1,200 Acres

Client

Pacifica Companies

Collaboraters

Carrier Johnson

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Pariya Mohammaditabar, Caglar Gokbulut, Frank Wolden, Dan Oyakawa, Edward Holakiewicz


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CDS | WORK | Weimar Neighborhood Center

WEIMAR NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

The Weimar Neighborhood Center is located in the Sudstadt district about 5 km south of the city center and the Bauhaus Museum. The intent of the developer was to respond to the community’s desire to establish a vibrant center of commercial activity that also responded to the scale of existing residences. The program embraces the community fabric and creates a network of open spaces tying into the nearby park while transforming the hierarchy and establishing a relatively different scale.

The program includes a centralized commercial office space with retail uses at the ground level. A neighborhood library and future museum space complement other uses. Multi-family units at the periphery of the site are designed at the scale of the townhouse to maintain the scale of the adjacent residential neighborhood. Open space is defined, both as in the center of the plan area and also used as a transition for scale while enabling a pedestrian network through the project. The project provides a transition between the residential neighborhood and the nearby clinic while anchoring the southern edge of Sudstadt within the countryside.


Typology

Urban Design, Commercial

Location

Weimar, Thuringia, Germany

Year

1993, 2020

Status

Predevelopment

Size

12 Acres

Client

Gemeinnützige Aktiengesellschaft für Angestellten-Heimstätten

Collaboraters

Feddersen von Herder Architekten

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Christian Eeg, Andreas Wittmer, Caglar Gokbulut, Pariya Mohammaditabar, Antje Ulfers


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CDS | WORK | Grand Panorama

GRAND PANORAMA

The Grand Avenue Arts / Bunker Hill station area is located on a topographically complex, irregular geometry site with challenging buildability adjacent to the proposed Regional Connector station. The proximity to the internationally recognized Disney Concert Hall and the Broad Museum make it an inherently desirable address. The tower geometry and articulation seeks to maximize downtown views, especially views of the Iconic Disney Hall. 

The proposed design illustrates one of the numerous configurations possible for building height and articulation, unit mix, and ground-level program. Podium level urban plaza and open space connect to the proposed pedestrian bridge that connects to the station and the Broad Museum and continues to the existing network of open spaces including Grand Park. The pool deck and other amenities for residents at upper levels overlooking the plaza can vary depending on how the façade is articulated. Parking is provided at multiple levels, accessible from Flower Street and 3rd Street.  


Typology

Urban Design, Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use, Residential

Location

Downtown Los Angeles, California

Year

2020

Status

Predevelopment

Size

980,000 SF / 2.40 Acres

Client

Anderson Development

Collaboraters

John Labib & Associates

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Pariya Mohammaditabar, Caglar Gokbulut, Noah Zaccaglin, Ashwini Dhamankar


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CDS | WORK | Watts-103rd Street Transit Oriented Development

WATTS/103RD STREET TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

The 103rd Street / Watts Towers Station Transit-Oriented Development is located within a 5-minute walking radius of the iconic Watts Towers, the cultural heart of the community. The elongated geometry and shallow depth of the consolidated site are challenging for typical development prototypes. 

The proposed scenario addresses these challenges in several ways. Firstly, the eastern and western components of the site are connected by integrating the existing pedestrian bridge as a component to bind the parcels across the existing railroad rights of way. Secondly, the elongated development is scaled by incorporating shared open spaces and extending the existing network of public space including the Simon Rodia State Historic Park. Finally, for the shallow lots, the residential units are served by a single loaded corridor adjacent to the transit lines. 

The connection to the iconic Watts Towers is enabled by views from the upper levels of units. Access for residents is provided from a shared open space adjacent to the pedestrian bridge thereby providing greater safety because of increased pedestrian activity. Residents share community space at ground level and shared amenities on the podium deck at the second level.


Typology

Transit-Oriented, Mixed USe, Residential

Location

Watts Neighborhood, Los Angeles, California

Year

2017-2019

Status

Predevelopment

Size

260,000 SF / 15 Acres

Client

Anderson Development

Collaboraters

Maxima Group

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Caglar Gokbulut, Pariya Mohammaditabar, Ashwini Dhamankar, Mehran Mashayekh


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