We Specialize in Redevelopment Projects. As a former Board Member of the Council for Quality Growth I initiated a committee to study redevelopment, expecially in the suburbs. In 2001, I was appointed to Gwinnett County's Revitalization Task Force and served all 3 years of the Task Force's term.
With Redevelopment comes mixed use. Most revitalization projects implement New Urbanism and vertically integrated uses. With over 25 years of experience developing retail, office and residential seperately, it is nice to integrate the uses to create a compatible development pattern.
Residential in Mixed Use developments is not new, it just needed a few zoning laws to be relaxed before we saw it's rejuvenation in both urban and suburban Mixed Use projects. Condo's, flats and/or Townhomes over retail is a complicated design requiring expert planning and a varied financing model.
Retail is the most widely used product type in Mixed Use Developments to create action on the street. But, retail must work before it can be implemented properly. Closed storefronts send the wrong message and are detrimental to a successful Mixed Use project.
Day time, lunch time and late afternoon traffic is a critical ingredient to a successful Mixed Use project. The parking demand ratios work perfectly with retail and restaurant uses combining for reduceing numbers of parking spaces blended in a shared parking environement.