Downtown Toledo Master Plan
ConnecToledo is an organization of action. Guiding our investments, activities and planning efforts is the Downtown Toledo Master Plan. Approved by Toledo City Council in February 2017, the Master Plan outlines 12 Priority Action Items. It catalogs existing physical conditions, demonstrates the economic rationale for investments and recommends implementation steps. These are the essential elements in creating an active, livable and attractive downtown.
The public was invited to participate in the creation of the Master Plan. Over a series of three public meetings, more than 1,000 people attended to give their ideas and thoughts on the future of downtown Toledo. ConnecToledo, and our partners, value public input via the Master Plan or other community plans as a method of gaining best practices and garnering ideas.
As progress is made, ConnecToledo treats the Master Plan as a living document. As Downtown Toledo evolves, the plan should evolve along with it. With this new culture of planning, participation and implementation infused into the community, there is no doubt that Toledo’s greatest days are ahead.
Comprehensive Parking Study
ConnecToledo, Downtown Development Corporation, partnered with the City of Toledo, Lucas County, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the Downtown Toledo Improvement District to conduct a comprehensive parking study. The purpose of the study was to forecast future parking demand, and create strategies that demand while balancing, and in some instances, encouraging alternative transportation modes. Alternative transportation includes transit bicycling and walking as well as technology such as autonomous vehicles and apps to locate parking. The study reviewed the current use of parking lots, garages and meters, and usage over the next 5 to 10-year period.
By considering both on-street and off-street parking together as a system, we are managing parking so that it meets the needs of all visitors, while ensuring sustainable practices and financial responsibility.
International Downtown Association Study
ConnecToledo participated in the third edition of The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities report released by the International Downtown Association in February 2020. The study has data and analysis that encompasses a total of 33 downtowns and grouped them into one of the three tiers: Emerging, Growing or Established. Downtown Toledo was recognized as Established based on employment and residential density, assessed value per square mile, and population/employment growth over the last two decades. Learn more about our downtown and other peer cities through the five principles of economy, inclusion, vibrancy, identity and resilience.
Downtown Transportation Plan
ConnecToledo, working in conjunction with Mannik Smith Group, MKSK, DGL Consulting Engineers, Burton Planning Services and the City of Toledo, conducted a comprehensive study of the downtown transportation and multi-transit options. The purpose of the study was to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of downtown Toledo’s transportation network, project the future needs and quantity of transit users and develop a plan with recommendations to ensure downtown Toledo implements a safe, efficient, and equitable transportation network.
The study, approved by Toledo City Council on 7/14/2020, consists of the findings from three public meetings, data collection and review, an assessment of current conditions and a forecast for future conditions, as well as identification of key projects and alternatives for downtown’s transportation network. The recommendations from the study should help advance the vision of the Downtown Toledo Master Plan by making downtown Toledo more accessible for alternative modes of transportation, while improving our urban design and visual aesthetic.
Highlights of the study’s recommendations are:
- Reduce lanes of travel and add streetscaping along Summit Street (expected completion Summer 2021)
- Adding protected cycle track on Jefferson Street (expected completion 2021)
- Add buffered cycle track to MLK Bridge (TMACOG funded project)
- Converting parts of Adams and St. Clair Street to festival streets (narrow roadways with distinctive elements such as distinct paving materials, street art, vegetation etc.)
- Removal of Washington Street from the National Truck Network
- Updating crosswalks to downtown standard (inlaid brick at signalized intersections)
- Conversion of all but two streets into two way
- General lane width reduction, adding on street parking wherever possible, adding streetscape improvements, adding more cycling infrastructure
Junction Neighborhood Master Plan 2018
Championed by the Junction Coalition
Middle Grounds Plan 2015
Championed by Middle Grounds District Task Force
UpTown Master Plan 2019
Championed by UpTown Association Community Development Corporation
Warehouse District Plan 2017
Championed by Toledo Warehouse Association
Championed by Vistula Foundation. Plan approved by Toledo City Council in 2021.
Old South End Master Plan
Championed by the Broadway Corridor Coalition.