Mixed-use

Mixed-use buildings and centers

At Last, A College Town Center for Notre Dame

The November cover story of Professional Builder Magazine, "Mixed Use Revitalizes Urban Areas," shows examples of revitalization around the country, including LRK project Eddy Street Commons, at the gateway to the University of Notre Dame. LRK principals, Victor Buchholz and Frank Ricks, explain more about the design approach in this article. 

Liberty Center Opens in North Cincinnati

This month, the highly anticipated Liberty Center will open its doors in North Cincinnati. According to co-developers Steiner + Associates and Bucksbaum Retail Properties, Liberty Center is not only a market-defining project, it will be a true super-regional draw. “Liberty Center represents the next generation of town center development and serves as a strong example of what is possible when commercial fundamentals are combined with innovative design and a focus on creating memorable experiences with every visit,” says Yaromir Steiner. “We took the very best of what we have learned and have elevated it several notches.”

An industrial shell turns powerhouse

The former Pearl Brewery is the economic and social hub for San Antonio's revitalizing River North neighborhood.

The death and life of Hartford's commercial districts

Norman Garrick of the University of Connecticut writes about the demise of Hartford's commercial districts and what steps could be taken to bring them back to life. 

Celebrating 10 Years At Daybreak, South Jordan, Utah

Urban Design Associates (UDA) is pleased to celebrate ten years of collaboration with Kennecott Land Company (a subsidiary of Rio Tinto) in the design of Daybreak, an entirely new mixed-use, transit-oriented (TOD) community.  From the very beginning, the goal was to set a new standard for sustainable, high-quality development in the Salt Lake Valley.  Even as the project remains a 'work in progress', Daybreak has been internationally-recognized as a success. Located at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains, Daybreak is a mixed-use, walkable community with a full range of resident services and amenities. The community encompasses over 4,000 acres comprised of 12 residential neighborhoods, each focused around a series of mixed-use village centers. At the heart of Daybreak is the Town Center, consisting of mixed-use, commercial, institutional, and residential uses clustered around three light-rail transit stops that connect to downtown Salt Lake City.

Cherry Hill Village Winner of CNU Mackinaw Prize

The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism recently awarded Cherry Hill Village, designed by LRK, a 2015 Mackinaw Prize. The CNU New England jury commented that "Cherry Hill Village, impressive in its size and sophistication, is, surprisingly, really an infill project. A constellation of nineteenth-century historic buildings, strung loosely along two old road alignments, is now being tied firmly together by an overlay of new, mixed-use and residential buildings, and the overall assembly equipped with a range of new civic spaces and parks. The result is a coherent place, remarkable for being fundamentally an intensified version of itself... Cherry Hill Village is a model both in process and in realization, worthy of the attention, and emulation, around the country."

Mission Boulevard project launches to new heights in Fayetteville

Construction crews recently began digging a retention pond and moving a mound of dirt developers of the long-abandoned Ruskin Heights subdivision left behind nearly a decade ago on a site south of Mission Boulevard.  A sign posted on the property, across from Westwood Gardens and about a half-mile west of Crossover Road, proclaimed last week a new development called Mission Heights, is "opening in 2016."  "I think it's really hitting the market at a time when the pendulum is finally swinging back from the downturn," said Lawrence Finn, managing partner of East Mission Boulevard LLC, the developer of the project. East Mission's plan for the entire 29 acres is unclear. The company is starting with 63 detached dwellings and six row houses on about 16 acres in the interior of the site. Developers plan to have the row houses and a dozen of the detached houses available for sale next year.

Strategies for good urban retail

We need a sensible approach to mixed use that reflects realities and limitations of retail, while also maintaining a commitment to vibrant streetlife.

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