Sustainable North Park Mainstreet

Sustainability Challenge:

In 2009, Wayne
Donaldson, California’s State Historic Preservation Officer, challenged North
Park Main Street to become the state’s first Sustainable Main Street program.
Community leaders embraced this challenge and later that year convened a group
of local stakeholders to develop the framework of a sustainability plan in North
Park. Working in partnership with volunteer professionals at Platt/Whitelaw
Architects, OBR Architecture, and Zagrodnik+Thomas Architects, NPMS drafted a
set of goals & objectives for a Sustainable North Park Main Street Program:

  • Maintain the cultural and historic
    integrity of the built and social environment;
  • Increase resource efficiency and
    conservation within the District;
  • Increase internal community
  • Provide a setting for a sustainable
    green economy.

Implementation Plan:
(Download 18 MB PDF)

A volunteer effort over eight months enabled North Park Main Street to secure a grant from the State Office of Historic Preservation to develop the Implementation Plan, which is to be used in a number of ways:

  • Using individual buildings as precise case studies, this Plan is intended to be used as a handbook for Main Street Sustainability Program Staff to educate and
    inspire building owners and business operators about how they can participate in the broader vision of a green North Park.
  • By demonstrating the discrete components of a sustainability program, the Plan can be used by North Park Main Street to generate interest in potential funders to implement the various components of the plan.
  • By illustrating the vision of coordinated public investments in the right-of-way,the Plan serves as a handbook for the public agencies and community advocacy groups who oversee and implement public works.
  • Designed with “open architecture”, the publication is intended to be a living, growing document that can be augmented with additional digital building models, completed projects, or community proposals.
  • The appendices serve both as technical manuals and as on-going records of the accomplishments of the district toward meeting its sustainability goals.

North Park’s First Bike Corral:

Located at North Park Way and 30th Street the corral contains six bike shaped bike racks and hold twelve cycles. The corral was made possible through a collaborative effort. as North Park Main Street procured the funds to purchase the racks through a grant from the County of San Diego, District Four Supervisor Ron Roberts. Installation of the corral was paid for by the City of San Diego with the support of Council member Todd Gloria. The removal of three parking spaces for the corral’s installation has received enthusiastic cooperation from the adjacent business, The Linkery, an advocate for sustainability and alternative transportation. The corral represents a commitment by North Park Main Street, a bike friendly business district, to improve and advocate for increased bicycle infrastructure and alternative transportation development in the district.

Click here for the official press release.