One of the nine key strategies outlined in thePearland 20/20 Community Strategic Plan is to optimize the development potential of Pearland’s principal commercial corridors, including the creation of a FM 518/Broadway master development plan. In June,Pearland Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) contracted with Kimley-Horn to develop theBroadway Corridor Development Plan. The plan focuses on the segment of the corridor from SH 288 to SH 35 that coincides with the segment the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) is planning to reconstruct and widen.
As part of developing the corridor plan, PEDC is seeking community input on optimizing the Broadway Corridor’s safety, functionality, sense of place and market appeal. An Open House will be held on October 8th at Berry Miller Junior High, 3301 Manvel Rd, Pearland, TX 77584, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will include a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m.
In addition, an online community survey is currently open and can be accessed by visitingwww.pearlandedc.com/Broadway. The survey will remain available to the public until October 18th.
The main emphasis of the plan is facilitating and planning for the impact of the proposed reconstruction that is expected to begin design in early 2020 once the current environmental study is completed. The timing of the planning effort will provide the important and much needed evaluation of the impacts of the reconstruction, not only from a mobility perspective but also the impact of the widening on the existing businesses.
The portion of FM518/Broadway to be included in the plan stretches 6.2 miles and the plan will contain sections on corridor aesthetics and development potential of certain target areas. The plan will build upon the Strategic Plan as a long term guide and provide the refinement needed to ensure its “big picture” strategic actions are implemented. By improving infrastructure and increasing development within the Corridor, the image and sense of place, market appeal, and overall value of the area can increase.
At the end of the months-long effort, the plan will set expectations for the corridor by documenting issues, identifying options, and recommending ways to promote efficient mobility and spur development and redevelopment.