Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Neighborhood Re-building in Atlanta

Dover, Kohl & Partners along with a multi-disciplinary team, created a detailed master plan for the neighborhood of Pittsburgh, in southwest Atlanta. The Pittsburgh neighborhood was among the hardest hit in the foreclosure crisis that unfolded across the United States. Ideas from the community were synthesized into the master plan, which focused on re-building a neighborhood that is complete and walkable; turning vacant and abandoned properties into affordable housing to enable a mix of incomes and lifestyles in the same neighborhood. Additional goals include showcasing and honoring the community heritage and identity; creating a safer community with programs to assist residents and businesses; and creating community green spaces.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

El Paso Downtown Pathway Charrette Showcases El Paso Art Community Talent

Dover, Kohl & Partners teamed with the Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), Creative Kids, and local artists to host a public process to design a new pathway connecting the Union Plaza Arts district to the Downtown. The pathway runs from Santa Fe Street to Durango Street between the railroad tracks and the Convention Center. Local talent of all ages brainstormed with the design team to decide elements of the walkway. The art walk will feature both permanent and rotating exhibitions to keep the park active and to allow the local arts community to stay involved in the changing space.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

City of Beaufort receives $12.6 million federal grant for Boundary Street Redevelopment

A newly-announced $12.6 million federal grant will jumpstart implementation of Beaufort’s Boundary Street Master Plan with major roadway improvements at the intersection of highways SC 170 and US 21, and kick-off long awaited changes to one of the area’s primary retail centers. About $13.7 million in local money from the voter-approved penny sales tax originally designated for Beaufort road projects will serve as matching funds for the federal grant.

Boundary Street serves as the entrance to the city of Beaufort. As a typical commercial strip corridor, it does not enhance Beaufort's overall character and charm, and functions as a poor gateway to the historic city. The Boundary Street Master Plan, adopted by Beaufort City Council in 2006, provides a comprehensive retrofit strategy for growth and redevelopment of the corridor. The Plan seeks to improve the safety and operational efficiency for all modes of travel while creating more economically productive addresses. Dover, Kohl & Partners led a consulting team that worked with the City and community to create the Plan. Assisting with this effort was Christian Sottile, Hall Planning & Engineering, Seamon, Whiteside & Associates, MACTEC, and UrbanAdvantage.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

First Public Hands-On Planning Session Held in Central America

Dover Kohl is working with Castillo Arquitectos to prepare a form-based code for the municipality of Curridabat, Costa Rica. A hands-on session fully open to the public was the first step toward achieving that goal. The standing-room only session was a big success and broke barriers for Latin American planning. The design team will take the ideas gathered from the community, and synthesize them into a vision for the future. The ideas gathered during the week-long charrette will form the basis for the form-based code.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Plan El Paso Receives National Award for Smart Growth Excellence

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Plan El Paso a 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Excellence in Programs, Policies, and Regulations. The EPA grants this award yearly to "recognize exceptional approaches to development that respect the environment, foster economic vitality, and enhance quality of life."