The Temple Reinvestment Zone and the City of Temple released the 2030 Master Plan earlier this year that includes improvements to be made to the Temple Medical Education District (TMED) streetscapes.
TMED is a connected district and partnership of healthcare and education entities including Baylor Scott & White Health, the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center, Temple Health & Bioscience District and Temple College. The district was established in 2009 with the intent to develop the area around these facilities while promoting the city’s medical and educational industries.
The streetscape improvements will be along the 1st Street corridor in front of the VA and along 31st Street in front of Baylor Scott & White Health. The project will expand the gateway boundary for the TMED region led this streetscape along 31st Street to become more pedestrian friendly. Tying in both TMED standards and Baylor Scott & White aesthetics allowed a cohesive look and feel to both the streetscape and the hospital entries. Bus stops carry an integrated look and feel as well as improved functionality by getting the bus out of the lane of traffic. Encouraging safe and efficient travel for pedestrians across 31st, to and from the food and retail options was key in this being a successful project.