sample urban redevelopment Strategies Projects
old south baton rouge revitalization
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Old South Baton Rouge was once a self-sufficient, self-contained immigrant neighborhood, populated by the descendents of African slaves, as well as Italian and Jewish households. With the social gains achieved through the Civil Rights movement, Old South Baton Rouge began to experience a steady out-migration to the suburbs that continues today. The RKG Team consisted of national and local experts in the areas of urban design, neighborhood planning, project implementation, real estate development, and public involvement. The consultants were extremely successful in getting large numbers of OSBR resident to get involved in a participatory planning process. The RKG Team also documented the history of the community and spent over twelve months building the capacity of local residents and grassroots organizations to play an active role in the implementation of the revitalization strategy. The strategy was built on a neighborhood conservation approach, which stressed the need to preserve the integrity of OSBR through historic preservation, regulatory controls, and neighborhood stabilization. The strategy also had a strong economic development component that focused on the renewal of an historic commercial district and higher density, mixed use development adjacent to downtown and the Mississippi River. Today, the OSBR Community Partnership Board of Directors is working closely with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to undertake residential and commercial rehab. Programs. In addition, several new private mixed-use developments are being proposed on the west side of the neighborhood.
The Laney Walker/Bethlehem neighborhoods of Augusta, Georgia have experienced decades of neglect and decline. In 2008, the Augusta City Council passed a $1 dollar hotel-motel tax and made a 30-year pledge to use these funds to support municipal bond financing to finance future redevelopment projects. RKG Associates, working with APD, Inc., was retained to prepare a residential market analysis to guide future housing development activities within these target neighborhoods. RKG also conducted a neighborhood retail market study to determine the population’s ability to support expanded retail and service businesses.
buffalo brownfield opportunity areas (Boa)
Buffalo, New York
Like many former industrial cities in the Northeast, the City of Buffalo has experienced a long-term demise of its heavy manufacturing sector, compounded with steady population loss and high residential vacancies. Left behind by many of these industries are brownfield sites that the City has actively been cleaning up and preparing reuse plans for over the past decade. RKG Associates worked with the City as part of a team hired to develop reuse plans for three of these BOAs located around the downtown and along the waterfront. RKG prepared a comprehensive demographic profile, economic base assessment, and real estate market analysis, including alternative energy and tourism options, that were used to support the long-term land use development strategy for each of the BOAs. Overall, the findings of this analysis indicated there are a number of options that could reasonably be considered for future development in the three BOAs, however, most of the market and economic indicators are relatively weak at this time. Therefore, the rate of new development for any selected land use alternatives should be expected to occur over many years, possibly decades, depending on how quickly the national economy as a whole is able to rebound from recent recessionary conditions. Low demand for both residential and nonresidential land uses also suggests that subsidies and incentives will be required to attract developers and/or investors, at least in the short-term.
route 34 corridor strategy
New Haven, Connecticut
During the 1960s, the State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation took (by eminent domain) a major swath of land right through the center of downtown New Haven for a proposed Rt. 34 corridor. Since the initial takings, the 26 acres of land have remained fallow, but recently the City of New Haven was able to receive title to the land and has now begun the process of planning for its reuse. RKG Associates, Inc. assembled a team of consultants with expertise in urban design, architecture, civil engineering and traffic engineering, who evaluated the market opportunities for the site, as well as the zoning and the physical constraints of the property. After an extensive public input process, a reuse plan to revitalize and reconnect neighborhoods was prepared.
nassau county hub
Nassau County, New York
Nassau County, home to more than 1.3 million people, has not realized the broad sector economic growth of other counties in the greater New York metropolitan area over the last several years. County Officials are reviewing Nassau County’s “competitive” position relative to other New York areas, expanding the economic contribution of the core commercial region, known as the Hub, and reviewing development alternatives for the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. RKG Associates, Inc. prepared a comparative review and analysis of the socio-demographic trends and economic strengths and weakness of Nassau County to other counties in the New York metropolitan area. An emphasis was placed on the Hub, which has nearly 45 percent of the office space within Nassau County, contributes 15 percent of the property taxes in the County and nearly 25 percent of all sales tax revenue. Opportunities for enhancing and expanding these contributions, in light of limited land availability and with regard to the real estate market were identified. Ultimately, the County will focus its efforts on a long– term project that includes multi-modal transportation elements, housing components, and expansion of its sales tax base, as well as job creation.