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Study Description

This study created a transit-oriented development plan for the area adjacent to the Manhattan Metra station. The plan provides guidance for the location of civic, residential, office, commercial, and recreational spaces. Particular attention is paid at enhancing the core downtown while developing a 100-acre parcel adjacent to the station. The plan makes recommendations for the surrounding land uses, transportation improvements, and proposed crossings while outlining an implementation plan and design guidelines to be used by the Village and potential developers. The Manhattan Village Board unanimously adopted the Village Center Master Plan in September 2010 and this plan was awarded an IL-APA Award in 2011.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2009
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan
Grantee:Village of Manhattan
Current Activities:The RTA provided the Village with continued support through Community Planning Program with two projects: Updating the Village's TOD zoning regulations and a ULI Developer Discussion Panel. The Village of Manhattan unanimously approved the Downtown Zoning District in June 2012. As a follow-up, the RTA worked with ULI to convene panel of development experts to discuss the future of development in the TOD area in April 2013. A summary of this discussion can be found below in Study Documents.

The Village is currently focusing on improving the attractiveness of public space in the TOD area. The first project completed was a new public parking lot on Wabash between North Street and US Route 52 and the Village will soon begin preparing a layout for the area behind Village Hall to include additional public parking, landscaping and a gathering space for community events as recommended during the Developer Panel Discussion. The RTA will monitor these projects and offer assistance as needed.
Information Updated:September 2017
SourceInitial PlanTOD Zoning Code UpdateDeveloper PanelTotal
Study Documents
Manhattan Developer Discussion Panel Summary Report (May, 2013)
Manhattan Village Center Plan
Related Studies
Manhattan Developer Discussion Panel (2012)
Manhattan TOD Zoning Code Update (2011)
Related Transit Assets
Metra Stations:Manhattan (SWS) accessible
Related Jurisdictions
US Congressional Districts:1 Bobby Rush
Illinois Senate Districts:40 Toi W. Hutchinson
Illinois House Districts:80 Anthony DeLuca
County Board Districts:Will 2
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:Will
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