American cities struggle to enhance mobility. The recent implosion of the mid-20th century Capital Plaza that replaced a previous minority-majority neighborhood represents a unique opportunity for the City of Frankfort to develop a range of housing and mixed-use blocks that repair the downtown fabric. While Frankfort’s downtown benefits from pockets of existing historic fabric, a prevalence of one-way streets, limited access to the Kentucky River and a general lack of downtown housing options compromise the city’s vitality.
Capitol Plaza Infill
The de-construction of the Capital Plaza represents a unique and significant opportunity for the City of Frankfort and removes a major disruption that negatively impacted the connectivity for decades. This large geography can be re-integrated by extending the street grid and improving connections across Broadway. The re-establishment of the grid provides the framework for the most economically viable redevelopment strategy: a multi-phased block-by-block approach that responds to market conditions at each phase. A mixed-use program consisting primarily of residential units, with ground floor commercial uses, adds much needed, new housing options.