High Ground News - This article focuses on the groundwork that is being laid for a complete transformation of The Pinch District. Each month stakeholders from the City of Memphis, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and private developers meet to discuss action items for the 9-block district. LRK provided planning, visioning, and community outreach services for the master plan. Read more.
APA Texas - The LRK-planned community of HomeTown in North Richland Hills, Texas was designated as a Great Texas Neighborhood by the Texas chapter of the American Planning Association's Great Places in Texas program. Great Places in Texas exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value. HomeTown, a 650-acre master-planned neighborhood, features a wide mix of uses, a diverse and multigenerational housing stock, abundant open space and public art displays, and a model road and pedestrian pathway network. Read more.
“These issues of scale – they are real and they are real to the people who live there, if they think something is being imposed on them immediately that is going to disrupt the scale of their neighborhood without understanding there is a benefit to it,” he said. Read more.
The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism recently awarded Cherry Hill Village a 2015 Mackinaw Prize. The CNU New England jury commented that "Cherry Hill Village, impressive in its size and sophistication, is, surprisingly, really an infill project. A constellation of nineteenth-century historic buildings, strung loosely along two old road alignments, is now being tied firmly together by an overlay of new, mixed-use and residential buildings, and the overall assembly equipped with a range of new civic spaces and parks. The result is a coherent place, remarkable for being fundamentally an intensified version of itself... Cherry Hill Village is a model both in process and in realization, worthy of the attention, and emulation, around the country."
The Daily News – Arlington, Tennessee is one of the fastest growing communities in the state, and local business owners and officials believe the historic Depot Square is primed for growth. A recently completed Depot Square master plan that LRK created identifies areas for new commercial businesses and redevelopment while maintaining the small town charm. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has also selected Arlington to participate in the Tennessee Downtown programs, an improvement program for traditional commercial districts. There were only six towns selected, and Arlington was the only one in west Tennessee. Read more.
The Daily News Video interviews Overton Square stakeholders including developer Bob Loeb of Loeb Properties, Ekundayo Bandele of Hattiloo Theatre, Jackie Nichols of Playhouse on the Square, and June West of Memphis Heritage. The underlying assumptions, expectations, and hopes of the stakeholders are discussed within the historical context of the Square and its re-emergence as vital arts & cultural district in the heart of Memphis.
The Daily News - The University of Memphis has hired Smith Group JJR with LRK as the local partner to develop a master plan that seeks the input from campus neighbors. The inclusive approach plans to connect the campus to the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses to strengthen the economy and fiber of the city.
Memphis Business Journal - LRK principal Rob Norcross presents the Overton Square Revitalization Plan to architects at an AIA Memphis luncheon, explaining project origination and development.