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Kendall Square praised for its past and future as an exemplary innovation district

We are proud to announce that the Congress for the New Urbanism presented their 2014 Charter Award for Best Urban Infill to Goody Clancy and the City of Cambridge for the Kendall Square Planning Study. Kendall Square has long been praised for its success in attracting innovation businesses, including recent recognition from the Brookings Institute which recognizes the district as an exemplary model for growing a successful innovation district, but the district suffers from anonymity due to lack of housing, single-use buildings with large floor plates, and auto-oriented streetscapes.The study positions the city to grow further as a globally significant source of innovation, while incorporating a greater variety of public spaces and development designed for people. Over the next ten years, 4 million square feet will become available for mixed-income housing, retail space, cultural space, and public use. "From its current disparate and disconnected reality," jury member Will Bruder says, "the proposal would create a memorable sense of place through the innovate redevelopment of empty lots and voids in the neighborhood fabric." In presenting the award, Jury Chair Jeff Speck noted how much the jury valued the plan's emphasis on good communication with stakeholders to build consensus for issues such as density and building form. 

For more information on 2014 Charter Award honorees, click HERE.


Ben Carlson, LEED AP, presents "Affordable Urbanism," hosted by CNU Illinois

On May 16th, CNU's Illinois chapter hosted Ben Carlson, LEED AP, to present strategies for maintaining affordable urbanism amidst neighborhood improvement. As case studies, Ben presented three diverse neighborhoods that have leveraged their unique context and engaged residents to maintain a diverse population: the Leroy-Fillmore neighborhood in Buffalo, Central Square in Cambridge, and Uplands in Baltimore. This event, hosted by CNU Illinois and DePaul's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, was part of the organization's Spring Speaker Series. Ben Carlson is Goody Clancy's Director of Urban Design. 

 For images from the event and more information, click HERE


Birmingham Comprehensive Plan recognized with the 2014 Outstanding Planning Award for a Comprehensive Plan from the Alabama Chapter APA Awards Committee

On Friday May 16th, the Alabama Chapter APA Award Committee announced the Birmingham Comprehensive Plan as the winner of its 2014 Outstanding Planning Award for a Comprehensive Plan. The plan, adopted by the City on October 2, 2013, was developed as a collaboration between the City of Birmingham AL and a consultant team led by Goody Clancy. Guided by an overall vision that was established by community involvement and input that embodies the unique personality, culture, and heritage of the community, the Comprehensive Plan was developed with goals, policies, strategies, and implementation actions to achieve the plan's vision for Birmingham's future. The Comprehensive Plan covers nearly every area that impacts the quality of daily lives of the city's citizens, such as transportation, community development, economic development, housing, environment, parks, land use, and more. For more information please visit: http://www.birminghamcomprehensiveplan.com 


Goody Clancy plans recognized by the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism

On Thursday April 10, the New England Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism presented Urbanism Awards to two recent Goody Clancy plans. The Inner Belt Brickbottom Plan, developed with the City of Somerville, received the Award of Excellence, while the Hill-to-Downtown Community Plan, developed with the City of New Haven, received honorable mention in the same category. Both projects demonstrate how the principles of the Congress for the New Urbanism are increasingly being used in complex urban districts to create sustainable and vibrant live-work-play environments. 

The Inner Belt Brickbottom Plan, led by Ben Carlson, LEED AP, Director of Urban Design, lays out a transformative new chapter  for this 150-acre industrial area. With new MBTA Green Line service coming to the area in 2017, there is immense opportunity for this underdeveloped area to become a transit-oriented hub. At the same time, the existing landscape poses significant challenges, including cris-crossing railroad tracks and elevated highways, lack of identity, and dispersed land ownership. The plan proposes an economic positioning strategy identifying office and research development opportunities that complement established business clusters in adjacent Cambridge and Boston. Unique character areas are established within the district that offer varied scale and urban fabric, all of which include human-scale, mixed-use development that will draw both employers and residents to breathe life into the area.

New Haven’s new Hill-to-Downtown Community Plan, accepted and moved to committee by the Board of Aldermen in December 2013, addresses the future of an urban neighborhood directly adjacent to the city’s historic Union Station. This transit-oriented development plan, led by David Spillane, AICP, RIBA, Principal, and Mitch Glass, ASLA, Senior Urban Designer, unlocks the potential of this transit served location as a walkable, mixed-use medical, research, residential, and retail district between downtown New Haven and the Hill neighborhood. The plan establishes connections between Downtown, the Hill, and the Medical District; promotes redevelopment of the 300-unit Church Street South section 8 housing complex as a 750-unit mixed-income, mixed-use community; links Union Station to the district and downtown through creation of a gateway public space and amenity; and revises zoning to facilitate a more comfortable height transition between higher density research and residential areas and the modest scale of surrounding neighborhoods. 


Promotions and Leadership Transitions in Goody Clancy’s Planning Practice

Planning and Urban Design principal David Spillane, AICP, RIBA, announced new promotions and leadership transitions within the firm’s planning practice, effective February 3, 2014. After more than a decade of service at Goody Clancy leading award-winning planning and urban design projects, Ben Carlson, LEED, is promoted to the position of Director of Urban Design. Amy Kohn, AICP, who joined the firm in 2005, is promoted to Senior Associate, reflecting leadership and award-winning work in the firm’s campus planning and community planning practices.

David Dixon, FAIA, who founded the firm’s planning practice in 1993, is leaving Goody Clancy to join Stantec, an international professional services company in the design and consulting industry. We wish David well in his new endeavor and look forward to potential future collaborations.


Principal David Spillane Presents Commission Findings at UMass, Boston Event

Goody Clancy principal David Spillane presented the findings of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission to a large audience at UMass Boston on February 1, 2014. The Commission was established by the Massachusetts Legislature to make recommendations on improvements to the 14 public beaches that are clustered around the Boston metropolitan area. The Commission’s public process is being managed by the non-profit organization Save the Harbor Save the Bay, where Spillane serves as a board member. Other presenters at the event included Commission Co-chair State Senator Thomas McGee, state Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jack Murray, Save the Harbor President Patricia Foley, and Save the Harbor Director of Strategy Communication and Programs Bruce Berman.


East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan receives 2014 APA National Excellence Award

The American Planning Association's awards jury selected the East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan, developed by Goody Clancy for the City of Columbus, as the winner of the 2014 National Excellence Award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development.  APA is recognizing the East Franklinton Plan for addressing economic planning and development by focusing on five key interconnected areas - local business, young professionals, local food, energy, and visioning. The Plan calls for creation of an arts and innovation district on 200 acres of distressed, partly industrial land just west of downtown Columbus. As many as 2,000 new lofts, live/work row houses, and single-family houses will be built, along with roughly 50,000 square feet of stores, cafés, and galleries, and potentially more than 100,000 square feet of adaptive reuse of industrial buildings for artist studios and entrepreneur/small business incubator space. The new district will become home for a projected 3,600 to 4,800 new residents. 

"This planning process has directly led to major implementation initiatives and investment that will greatly benefit all residents within our city," said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. "Neighborhood revitalization focused on the arts and is arts-oriented. Through close collaboration with a neighborhood nonprofit, residents, and private developers, the planning team quickly formulated a framework for transformation."  

See more here


Glenbrook/Springdale Transit-Oriented Development Study

Goody Clancy has been chosen to spearhead a transit-oriented development study focused on the Glenbrook and Springdale Metro-North rail stations in Stamford, CT. The project team, including URS, CDM Smith, W-ZHA, and ZVA, will work with community members and key stakeholders, to plan the transformation of the stations into walkable, mixed-use districts. The study will leverage public and private investment around the two rail stations to enhance the quality of life for all residents, businesses, and visitors. This project will draw on our experience in Hartford and New Haven, CT, two nearby cities that are also taking big steps toward leveraging transit to create vibrant, successful communities. David Spillane, AICP, RIBA, principal of planning and urban design, will work with Mitch Glass, senior urban designer, to lead the project team.