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Making It Work When Conditions Are Less Than Ideal
How do you turn one of West Michigan’s most pedestrian hostile environments into a vibrant haven for walkability? Combine urban design and economic development to create a comprehensive and realistic master plan for the redevelopment of an aging one-mile segment of state highway M-11 (28th Street) into a sustainable, economically vibrant and desirable place.
- Utilized the concept of suburban retrofitting and established urban design principles to re-envision a declining auto-dependant commercial corridor into a mixed-use town center.
- Facilitated a robust public input and charrette process that included bus tours, stakeholder interviews, public meetings, design workshops, a storefront design studio and virtual outreach.
- Incorporated an extensive market study and analysis to create economic and community development scenarios and a sustainable framework for the future redevelopment of the corridor.
- Coordinated a multi-disciplined team of planners, architects, designers, economists, traffic engineers and public relations consultants to deliver the final sub area plan.
- Engaged city staff, elected and appointed officials, a steering committee, MDOT representatives and the citizens and business owners of Wyoming in a 10-month planning and design process.