The Plan

The Benson-Ames Alliance Plan sets forth a new framework of principles for future development and redevelopment projects, paying special attention to the design of commercial centers and their relationship to surrounding neighborhoods.

Using several important areas of the alliance as case studies, the plan encourages mixed-use centers that blend retail, residential and office elements to achieve balanced and truly livable neighborhoods. These areas include:

  • Downtown Benson
  • 72nd and Military
  • North Saddle Creek and Hamilton
  • Ames corridor between 50th and 60th streets
  • Sorensen Park Plaza
  • Benson Park Plaza

Additional sections of the plan address transportation, housing and public space issues. It also contains recommendations on the restoration, conservation and preservation of housing stock, and offers ideas on creative and distinctive signage to reflect the community’s unique character.

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