Hamilton County community and economic development officials gathered at HCDC’s Business Center for a morning-long workshop on new urbanism and mixed-use development. Speakers included commercial and residential developers who gave their perspectives on applying new urban principles to suburban locations, including neighborhood walkablity and connectivity.
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Steve Kenat, Principal and Director of Community Development with GBBN Architects discussed how our urban housing is attracting baby boomers and millennials who are attracted to authentic neighborhoods with personality.
Craig Gossman, Principal with Source 3 Development, presented the 7 Key Characteristics /Considerations for New Urbanism and Mixed-Use Development that focused on people, not cars, and incorporates plans for current and future technology needs.
Gregg Fusaro, Regional Partner with Capital Investment Group, discussed the challenge of combining urban access within a suburban setting. One of his projects, Avalon at the Point, brought residential units within minutes to shopping and entertainment options in Eastgate Mall and Beechmont Ave.
Tom Hoffman, VP and CFO of Jeff Anderson Real Estate, discussed the planning process surrounding the Rookwood development. Tom provided one of the most notable quotes during the workshop that highlighted how quickly development trends change. ‘Ten years ago, developers would build lifestyle centers around an anchor book store or an electronic store. Now those stores hardly exist.’
This workshop is part of HCDC’s ongoing effort to educate Hamilton County communities about trends and issues they encounter. For more information on future workshops and HCDC’s Economic Development Services, sign up for our newsletter here. Or check out our publications and workshop materials here.