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Additional Downtown Revitalization Studies:

 

  • Downtown Denver, Colorado: Urbanics acted as lead consultant in the provision of strategic options and priorities for improving Downtown Denver’s retail infrastructure. More specifically, the Downtown study area was targeted for recommendations pertaining to the orientation, merchandising mix, tenant composition, branding/marketing and long-term strategy of its retail district, with the objective of enhancing Downtown Denver’s retail market shares and annual per square foot productivity rates.

 

  • Downtown Eugene, Oregon: Urbanics has participated in a series of presentations involving city officials, business representatives and urban design consultants concerned with developing a strategy to revitalize downtown Eugene.  Specific meetings have examined a proposed tenant mix plan, the need for a downtown management district, downtown promotional functions, and physical improvements to both the downtown core streets and buildings.

 

  • Broadway Corridor Retail Upgrading Strategy, Oakland, California: Urbanics was involved in the formulation of a land use, merchandise and retail recruitment plan for the Broadway Corridor in downtown Oakland, California.  This area experienced significant damage during the October 1989 earthquake.  Specific tasks relating to this project include the formulation of a recruitment strategy and the provision of a framework for all tenanting and subsequent marketing efforts.

  • Downtown Champaign, Illinois: Urbanics has been working in conjunction with Minneapolis-based BRW Incorporated, in preparing a Downtown Area Comprehensive Development Plan on behalf of the City of Champaign, Illinois.  Using a service-oriented approach, the consultant team has identified a range of alternative development plans and a preferred development plan and set of implementation strategies for downtown Champaign, including the possible implementation of a Special Service Area (Illinois equivalent to an MMD).

 

  • Cherry Creek North, Denver: Urbanics was involved in assisting the Cherry Creek North commercial precinct in developing a merchandising, tenant and management strategy.  Of particular concern was the need to position street retailing to effectively co-exist with a planned major new shopping centre in the area. 

  • Mount Pleasant BIA, Vancouver, BC: Urbanics completed a comprehensive marketing strategy for the Mount Pleasant BIA in Vancouver.  The strategy examined the trade area, competitive commercial facilities, budget and expanded activities of the BIA and developed a comprehensive marketing programme.  An overall marketing image and implementation programme was developed for the duration of the BIA bylaw.

  • Downtown Langley Revitalization Strategy, BC: Urbanics was involved in conducting a downtown revitalization strategy for the City of Langley.  Included in this strategy is a general market assessment of downtown Langley as well as a survey of business and property owners and a focus group for downtown stakeholders.  An overall Downtown Revitalization Strategy was developed for Langley as well as a recommended Business Improvement Area programme.

  • Downtown New Westminster BIA, BC: Urbanics prepared a retail market analysis and retail development strategy for one of the oldest city’s in British Columbia, for the implementation of a BIA.  New Westminster has been the focus of considerable new residential and commercial activities since the completion of the new Light Rapid Transit line from downtown Vancouver in 1986.

  • Town Centre Association BRZ, Red Deer, Alberta: Urbanics undertook a market and financial feasibility study for the Town Centre Association BRZ (BIA) towards the development of a year-round public market, specialty retail and entertainment facility in the downtown core.  The project is a component of an overall Downtown Marketing Strategy developed by the consultant in 1990.

  • Prince’s Island Village/Eau Claire Market, Calgary, Alberta: Urbanics initiated this downtown specialty/festival/retail development a number of years ago and is currently assisting the private developers in the implementation and marketing of the project.  Work undertaken by  Urbanics for the development included a marketing study, tourism impact study and a merchandising study for the development as well as the ongoing merchandising programme for the project.

  • Downtown Revitalization Strategy, Squamish, BC: Urbanics prepared a detailed study examining the retail strategy options for the District of Squamish’s downtown core.  The study also examined various physical design and management alternatives for the downtown core, including the formulation of a Business Improvement Area.

  • Downtown Maple Ridge, BC: Urbanics completed a downtown strategy plan for the municipality of Maple Ridge.  The objective of the study was to assess which land uses would be appropriate for the downtown area and what its role is in the regional context.

  • Downtown Revitalization Strategy Prince George, BC: Urbanics has undertaken two studies to examine the overall Prince George retail market, and to prepare a revitalization strategy for the downtown.  These strategies identified and examined specific market opportunities for downtown Prince George and recommended various management and implementation strategies for the downtown association.

  • Downtown Revitalization Strategy, Chilliwack, BC: Urbanics prepared a detailed study examining the retail strategy options for the District of Chilliwack’s downtown core.  The study also examined various physical design and management alternatives for the downtown core, including the formulation of a Business Improvement Area.

  • Downtown Revitalization Strategy, Victoria, BC: Urbanics prepared a detailed strategy study for the Downtown Victoria Association.  The objective of this study was to develop a strategy for improving the vitality of the downtown, which is made almost entirely of street retailing, as a retail centre within the Victoria area.  A BIA has recently been formulated for the downtown core.

  • Downtown Red Deer, Alberta: The consultant has recently completed a comprehensive Downtown Marketing ajd Revitalization Strategy for downtown Red Deer, identifying market opportunities and an overall implementation programme for the downtown BRZ.  The marketing plan included a detailed land use schedule for the relocation of the railway lands adjacent to the downtown Red Deer core, identifying the potential for commercial (retail & office), hotel, residential and restaurant facilities on the former railway lands.

  • Sparks Street Mall, Ottawa, Ontario: Urbanics was part of an urban design team which developed a strategy for the revitalization of this major downtown retail precinct and pedestrian mall.  Retailer and property owner surveys as well as personal surveys of Spark Street Mall Shoppers and a telephone survey of Ottawa-Hull households were undertaken in the process of developing a comprehensive and realistic strategy to enhance the mall’s function as a downtown shopping district as well as a major tourist attraction and a significant urban space.  Recommendations were also made regarding required vehicular access to the area and appropriate parking provisions.

  • Old Towne Market, Edmonton, Alberta: Urbanics was retained to determine the overall feasibility of the Old Towne Market project in downtown Edmonton. This project examined the impacts of the proposed development plan and identified implementation strategies for phases of the development process. Also examined were impacts of the development of the Market project upon tourism, temporary construction jobs, full-time operational jobs, property and business taxes, and other impacts of the project.

  • Stephen Avenue Mall, Calgary, Alberta: Urbanics conducted a market study of the Stephen Avenue Mall in downtown Calgary.  This study identified the retail opportunities available to the mall, and developed a comprehensive and realistic strategy for realizing the identified market potential, keeping with the City’s goals and objectives for Stephen Avenue Mall.  The study included an Operations Analysis of downtown Calgary retailing, as well as a Consumer Telephone Survey of 300 Calgary residents.  The market study also included the identification of strengths and weaknesses of Stephen Avenue Mall and a comprehensive Market Analysis and Merchandising Mix for the Mall.

  • Rideau Mall, Ottawa, Ontario: Together with architectural and planning sub-consultants, Urbanics developed a long-range plan for the revitalization and upgrading of Rideau Mall, downtown Ottawa’s transit mall.  The work programme for this study included surveys of property owners, mall retailers, pedestrians/shoppers on Rideau Street and Ottawa-Hull residents.  The report identified the impacts of proposed changes to the transit system of the mall on property owners and retailers, in terms of sales performance and achieved rents.

  • Downtown Victoria Festival Retail Study, Victoria, BC: Urbanics completed a study to assess the potential for a festival retail development in downtown Victoria.  The objective of this project was to assess the potential for a festival retail development at two potential sites in downtown Victoria.  The analysis identified the specific potential available at each site over the next fifteen years.  The report also assessed various issues relating to site planning for the preferred site, and recommendations regarding the size of development, market orientation and compatible uses which could be combined on the site to optimize its market strength.

  • Downtown Parking Study, Kelowna, BC: Urbanics conducted research regarding parking and retail facilities in the downtown Kelowna area.  This research consisted of an in-person intercept survey of downtown Kelowna works and shoppers as well as a survey of downtown BIA businesses.  The overall objective of the study is to obtain insight as to the relationship between downtown parking and downtown retail facilities by addressing both perceived and actual parking deficiencies in the downtown and recommending methods of alleviating these associated problems.

  • Corpus Christi, Texas: Urbanics participated in the establishment of a downtown Management District designed to bring about significant revitalization programmes.  The study involved a review of alternative urban redevelopment programs, re-merchandising concepts, improved transportation/access systems, and other promotional and revitalization strategies.

  • Lincoln, Nebraska: Mr. Boname met with the strategy planning group of the City and members of the Downtown Lincoln Association to discuss various aspects of the downtown as an initial step towards the redevelopment and revitalization of the downtown area.

  • Pacific Place, Vancouver , BC: This 200-acre, mixed-use project occupies the same site previously utilized for Vancouver’s 1986 World Exposition - Expo ‘86.  Urbanics undertook all the market and financial feasibility studies leading to the development of a 15 to 20 year build-out programme encompassing some 7,000 residential units, five million square feet of commercial office space, hotels, retail, and other institutional, cultural, and educational facilities.

  • Downtown Oakland, CA: Urbanics completed a first-stage market-driven assessment of long range strategies and urban design programs for the revitalization of Downtown Oakland, including reference to its waterfronts and how this amenity could be turned to maximum advantage.

  • Various Downtown Seattle Projects: These projects involved, at one time or another, some consideration of waterfront development including a major mixed-use project on one of Seattle’s piers; the development of a Trade Mart adjacent to the waterfront; a mixed-use commercial project two blocks removed from the waterfront, etc.

  • Downtown Winnipeg: Urbanics was retained by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to undertake a downtown revitalization study for North Main Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The work included undertaking an extensive survey of business owners.

  • Granville Street Revitalization, Vancouver, BC: Urbanics was hired by the City of Vancouver to undertake a downtown revitalization study for Granville Street.  The project included undertaking extensive surveys of both business owners and property owners.

In addition, Urbanics’ President, Phil Boname, has lectured extensively across Canada and the U.S. regarding downtown revitalization, downtown management (BIA’s and the like), centralized retail management as well as other downtown related issues.  Several of Mr. Boname’s engagements include the following:

  • Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs: National Conference on Downtown Revitalization.

  • International Downtown Association: Downtown Revitalization/Centralized Retail Management.

  • Downtown Saskatoon: BIA Seminar

  • City of Vancouver: BIA Seminar

  • City of Victoria: BIA Seminar

  • City of Bellevue (Washington): Downtown Seminar

  • Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario): BIA Seminar