City of Charlottesville, Virginia
Capitalizing on a strong local economy that promises sustained economic development and growth, the study was an effort to enhance the economic efficiencies and ensure the best mix of property uses for the City’s sixteen main commercial corridors. The process included evaluating existing commercial enterprises, indentifying urban design issues and making recommendations for improvements, identifying the appropriate theme for each corridor’s development, and identifying enhanced design guidelines within each corridor.
The work efforts included market analysis, property owner interviews, economic impact assessments, and private and public realm design guidelines. However, the heart of the study was an inclusive process of public participation characterized by a number of design charrettes intended to maximize input from citizens, business owners, developers, and civic organizations. With Torti-Gallis Architects.