Neighborhood Vision 2025
The approximately 1,300 units of housing that exist in MidTown are scattered across the area with few units available for sale or rent. The relatively low population density brings challenges in attracting retail and services to MidTown. To better connect employers to potential employees and provide more customers for area businesses, MidTown needs to grow its residential base. More residents in the area will also make the neighborhood more vibrant and multi-dimensional. MidTown should encourage mixed-income housing to serve residents and families of all shapes and sizes, set clear expectations for new developments under the influence or friendly ownership, and smooth the pathway for new private development that meets the typological needs and expectations of the neighborhood.
Use MTC’s planning capacity to make smooth the runway for private developers to realize housing projects in MidTown that meet predetermined community needs and expectations.
Remove the barriers to development by pre-approving specific development types.
Research and document the rules of a potential PUD with City staff.
Explore creation of a MidTown PUD east of E 66th Street; Advocate for changes to city permitting to enable smoother approvals.
Encourage New Housing Development
ReUse Empty Buildings for New Apartments
Encourage continued efforts to repurpose older, commercial buildings for new housing in MidTown, particularly in the Mixed Use District along Euclid and Prospect west of E 55th Street to increase residential density, activate these streets, and retain neighborhood character.
Take on Strategic Investments of New Housing
Use MTC’s site control and influence with the city and funding partners in new ways to get more housing built in MidTown, including the potential to be a minority development partner or to initiate/lead development.
Pursue New Housing that Works for Working Families
Use MTC’s planning capacity to help to define the right housing typology mix for the area. As new housing is proposed, emphasize the need for not only new units, but unit configurations and sizes that support families of different sizes.