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Goody Clancy plans recognized by the New Englad 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.

   

East Franklinton Wins 2013 CNU Honorable Mention!

At their national conference in Salt Lake City, The Congress for New Urbanism announced their 2013 Charter Award winners. Among them, was Goody Clancy's Creative Communities Revitalization Plan for East Franklinton in Columbus, Ohio, which received an honorable mention. This plan was adopted by the City of Columbus in December of 2012 and implementation is already underway! Click HERE to see a brochure of all CNU 2013 Award Winners. 

   

Goody Clancy wins National Excellence Award for a Planning Firm - Check out the video!

The American Planning Association creates videos each year to honor its Excellence Award winners. Watch Goody Clancy's video HERE!
   

Dublin's Bridge St. Corridor Plan Featured in ULI Smart Growth Report

Goody Clancy's plan for the Bridge Street Corridor in suburban Dublin, Ohio was chosen as a case study for a large-scale suburban transformation in Urban Land Institute's (ULI) “Shifting Suburbs: Reinventing Infrastructure for Compact Development”. The recently released report highlights strategies to densify suburban towns in order to accommodate a shifting public demand for more compact, walking-friendly urban environments. It notes that there is a growing trend of suburbs steering away from automobile oriented development in favor of a more people-centric environment. With the U.S. population expected to grow by 95 million over the next 30 years, developing strategies now on how to grow compactly in to the future seems like a smart idea. ULI describes Dublin as a city that is successfully implementing policy and development changes to adapt to and take advantage of these market changes. Check out the report here to find out more about smart-growth strategies, Dublin, and other cities that have been proactive in ensuring a more sustainable future.


   
 
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