First item on the Agenda this morning for the Planning Commission was a Briefing on the draft Pembroke Area Implementation Plan.
Strategic Growth Area (SGA) 4 is about 1,200 acres, roughly the size of downtown Richmond. The Plan provides for 210-220 blocks of urban redevelopment. To put that in perspective, Town Center is only 10 blocks. At a bare minimum, the Plan would produce:
1. 6 million square feet of commercial space
2. 11 million square feet of office space
3. 12,000-15,000 housing units
4. 3,000 hotel rooms
Given how the Plan is executed, it could be more.
A couple things of note. First, the Plan puts the streets in the SGA into a classic urban grid pattern. Second, light rail would be elevated across Independence Boulevard, settling that debate on the sane side.
The Plan is slated to be voted on by the Planning Commission on September 9, then City Council on September 22. Given the way a few Commissioners were gushing, it's a safe bet that Planning approves it.