The Kansas City Star - When redeveloping the 18-hole golf course into Meadowbrook Park, city officials and developer VanTrust agreed on a reserving 60 percent of the property for an urban park. With significant buy-in from residents, what resulted was a “park framed by a neighborhood” and the jewel in the development’s crown. The Meadowbrook Park community will feature 53 single family homes, 20 twin villas, 282 upscale apartment units, a boutique inn, and 300-unit senior living facility. LRK is providing planning; architectural and interior design services for the Kessler luxury apartments, the inn & restaurant, twin villas and some single family homes; and design review services for all single family homes at Meadowbrook Park. Read more.
Princeton Planning Board Recommends Redevelopment Zone Designation for Some Seminary Properties Based on LRK Study
Planet Princeton – The Princeton Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend to the Princeton governing body that a portion of Princeton theological Seminary’s campus be designation as an area in need of development. LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza, who serve as borough planners, conducted a study to determining whether to New Jersey redevelopment statute could be applied to the seminary’s Tennant-Roberts campus on Stockton Street and the Erdman Center on Library Place. Constantine and Cosenza concluded that the redevelopment statute is appropriate for the seminary properties, and advised the planning board to recommend to the Princeton Council that they approve the use of the redevelopment statute for the properties. Read more.
Marlton Sun - Jim Constantine, project team and municipal officials lead a second ‘Visioning Workshop” in as many weeks to empower residents and business owners with a vision to continue to transform, further strengthen and enhance the positive character the historic Marlton Village. The community selected their preferred imagery and provided comments for community gathering spaces, selective infill redevelopment and parking strategies to help see the future of Evesham’s downtown area. LRK previously prepared the “2020 Vision Plan” in 2009 in response to community concerns of the implications of the new highway interchange flyover that was constructed adjacent to the downtown area. Read more.
Community News/Princeton Echo – Princeton residents show up for a presentation on potential zoning changes to in an effort to preserve Princeton’s established historic residential neighborhoods. LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza present at a town meeting explaining a series of form-based code provisions and other zoning changes propelled by the Neighborhood Character and Zoning Initiative. Read more.
LRK Associate Jonathan Flynt will participate on a panel at this year's national Complete Streets conference in Nashville, Tenn. Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets, will focus on cutting-edge Complete Streets and creative placemaking research, ideas, and practices. Jonathan's session, "Engaging People, Art and Public Space via Tactical Urbanism," explores ideas and characteristics of tactical urbanism and the valuable role that engaging public art plays when included in a holistic process. Read more.
Take a virtual tour of the transformed Waterside neighborhood development that features an eight-acre riverfront park, nearby transit, and a variety of housing types. Located in Bensalem, Penn., Waterside strengthens the Delaware River’s prominence with a half-mile linear greenway animated with trails, marina, shops, and cafes. LRK provided planning services for this project Mignatti Companies.
One of the most challenging issues facing many desirable older communities is how to make new infill housing “fit” within established neighborhoods. LRK's Jim Constantine will present and moderate a panel on the subject for the upcoming New Jersey Planning Conference on January 25-26, sponsored by the American Planning Association of New Jersey and Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Read more.
LRK's Jim Constantine Discusses the History and Evolution of Metuchen's Revitalization at Prestigious Lecture Series
LRK Principal Jim Constantine presented the history and evolution of Metuchen, NJ at Rutgers University's Bloustein School 2017 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning. The lecture discussed how a small New Jersey town accomplished a remarkable revitalization effort between 1967 and 2017. LRK has proudly served as town planner for the borough for more than 20 years. Read more.
Over the last few years, the Jackson Walk community has flourished. The development has created a link between midtown, downtown and surrounding neighborhoods and provides residents with opportunities to participate in healthy activities and numerous community events. LRK is proud to have provided architecture, planning and interior design services for this revitalized community. Watch the below to see how this community has progressed.
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.
New Jersey Future - LRK's Jim Constantine was recently a panelist at New Jersey Future's 2017 Redevelopment Forum where breakout sessions focused on redefining the suburbs to adapt to changing demographic realities. Jim suggested that a good strategy for New Jersey to attract Millennials, who gravitate toward walkable urbanism, is to focus on the boroughs, which possess similar assets to bigger cities – a mix of housing types, a traditional downtown within walking distance of residential neighborhoods, a grid street network. Read more.
The Kansas City Star - Development in currently underway at Meadowbrook Park, a former 136-acre golf and country club facility in Prairie Village, Kan. The development will retain 84-acres of public park, and include 53 single family homes, 70 attached homes, 280 luxury apartment homes, a 50-room inn with restaurant and commercial space and senior living consisting of 120 units of assisting living/memory care, 120 units of independent living, 90 units of skilled nursing units and 8,000-square-feet of restaurant and amenity space. LRK provided planning planning services for this project. 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.
Planning - LRK-planned Meadowbrook Park, located in Prairie Village, Kansas, is featured in a five-page article in Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association. The article, "Goodbye Golf," focuses on the repurposing of golf courses.
Naples Daily News - The article, "Designing for Community at Babcock Ranch," features quotes from LRK's Mark Jones. Babcock Ranch was designed with walkable, bikeable streetscapes, multiple parks that offer a place for children to play and neighbors to gather, a network of trails, and neighborhood gardens. LRK provided design guidelines, amenity building design, and residential architecture for the community. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - Work is underway to make the Edge District, a key transitional area between Downtown and the Medical District, more pedestrian friendly, and in turn attract more residents and businesses to the neighborhood. Plans by LRK and Alta Planning + Design call for new landscaping, benches, trash receptacles, pedestrian crosswalks, restriped traffic lanes, and public art installations. Read more.
The Daily News – Conceptual plans for revitalizing the Pinch District were revealed yesterday. The design calls for a mixed-use district to complement St. Jude’s planned expansion, as well as the historic character of the area. A pedestrian bridge linking the Pinch District to the trolley line and the grounds of Bass Pro is also part of the vision. Read more.
Houston Chronicle – As the first phase of Somerset Green nears completion, the 46-acre industrial site has been transformed into a community with a European feel with canals, walkways, and multistory homes, and although construction is still underway, 80 to 85 percent of the homes are already spoken for. While much of the land surrounding Somerset Green has largely been untouched by redevelopment, developer Hines believes the location is extremely appealing because of its proximity to Loop 610, downtown, the Galleria, and Washington Avenue and that Somerset Green will spark more activity in the area. Read more.
Realty News Report - Editor Ralph Bivins has selected some of the most significant projects and deals in Houston’s real estate market in 2015, and the new luxury townhome community, Somerset Green, was named the Best Residential Project of the Year. The article notes that in addition to Somerset Green’s overall quality, the community is significant because it encourages denser development along the Old Katy Road area. LRK’s services for Somerset Green included providing architectural design for the amenity center and gatehouse and creating a 3D model to assist builders and buyers envision the neighborhood. LRK also crafted design guidelines and a regulating plan to help bring the developer's vision to reality and to create greater value. Read more.
Best in American Living - The "Going Green" section of the spring issue of NAHB's Best in American Living e-magazine features an article entitled “Creating Community Identity,” written by Jim Constantine. The article discusses how designing neighborhood parks and open spaces can help create a sense of place, enhance livability, and raise property values. Photos of multiple LRK projects are featured. Read more.
NJ.com - More details are unveiled about the redevelopment of the eight-acre industrial site, once home to the Hightstown Rug Company. Vacant since 1987, plans for the building include a mix of residential, retail, and public space with connections to Main Street and the recently proposed downtown lakefront plan. Read more
The Commercial Appeal - Stakeholder meetings were held in Germantown last week to find the highest and best uses for the 303-acre Forest Hill Heights site, specifically dense development that would generate the most tax revenue for the city. Based on public input, some suggested uses include one- and two-story residential, retail, and office buildings interspersed with green spaces. LRK is master planner and is leading the public stakeholder process. Read more.
Houston Business Journal – The first model homes have opened in Somerset Green, a new luxury townhome community located in Houston. This European-inspired community features a guarded gatehouse and a 5,000-square-foot amenity center with walking paths, pocket parks, and water canals interspersed throughout. LRK provided architectural services for the amenity center and gatehouse and created a 3D model to assist builders and buyers envision the neighborhood. LRK also crafted design guidelines and a regulating plan to help bring the developer's vision to reality and to create greater value. Read more.
Northjersey.com - A redevelopment plan has been approved for a 19.7-acre waterfront site in Hackensack, New Jersey. The plan includes 700 residential units, commercial space, a hotel, public amenities, and a river walk with access to the Hackensack River. LRK is providing planning services. Read more.
NJTOD.org - Work on the Pearl Street redevelopment is underway in downtown Metuchen. The project will transform one of the Borough’s surface parking lots into a mixed-use project with residential, commercial, public space, and a parking garage. Located one block from Main Street, the redevelopment is also easily accessible from the Metuchen Station. LRK services included preparing the vision plan and master plan; public space framework including the performance standards for the “shared space” concept surrounding the town square; urban design, architectural and landscape design standards; zoning; and design review. Read more.
Centraljersey.com - LRK recently helped facilitate a public input process and developed a vision plan for Downtown Hightstown. The aim of the plan is to create an active waterfront promenade that is unique to the region with retail, restaurants, and plenty of open space for entertainment and public activities. Read more.
The Des Moines Register - Adjacent to Altoona’s Bass Pro Shops and visible from Interstate 80, Prairie Crossing has grown into a 230-acre development that includes over 600 single and multifamily residences, retail, offices, hotels and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly environment. The LRK-planned community also features a canal, small lake, and public plaza for residents, workers and shoppers to enjoy. Read more.
The Daily News - Only two months after the plan was formally released, the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan received the Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan from the American Planning Association's Sustainable Communities Division. Now eight juisdictions have accepted the plan's adoption resolution, giving significant momentum to the Greenprint initiative. Read more.
Downtown Hightstown is hosting a brainstorming session on ways to create a "downtown waterfront experience" unique to the region. The workshop on May 26 will discuss ideas for creating a more walkable community, better uses for underutilized properties, and integrating Peddie Lake into the new plan. LRK is currently providing planning services to Downtown Hightstown and will be coordinating the community meetings. Read more.
GREENPRINT 2015/2040, the final plan of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan initiative, has been awarded the Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan. This prestigious award comes months after the Greenprint Plan was completed by a tri-state regional consortium of partners and formally released in February 2015. The plan effort was led by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability. LRK and Team LRK Greenprint planning members Alta Planning, Placeways LLC, the Trust for Public Land, and Powers Hill Design congratulate consortium partners and the Office of Sustainability on the award-winning work that was accomplished. Read more.
The Daily News - This article discusses how the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan leverages our local natural resources and growing network of trails, providing more recreational opportunities, boosting the regional transportation system, promoting economic development, and building community. Read more.
The Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project begins construction on the first of five segments - the North Main segment from Henry Avenue to Keel Avenue in Uptown. When all five segments are complete, the improvements will connect Uptown across Harahan Bridge to West Memphis making a path that is both pedestrian and bike friendly. To read more about the project or to keep up with the construction progress, go to Main2Main.com.