Economic Development Makeovers

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, November 4, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of the current best practices in growing economic development as part of an overall strategy of improving a city's sustainability by creating: a walkable land use patterns, mixed use, complete streets, marketing synergies and much more as benefits to the community. Attendees will gain this insight with a detailed review of three (3) varied and unique case studies which will provide local context to many in attendance. Take aways will include a better understanding of the role planners' play in advancing economic development changes and techniques they can use to advance success.

The City of Tyler – Rose Entertainment Complex can best be summed up as a mini-Fair Park.  This 50-acre site is the home to the East Texas State Fair, Harvey Convention Center, TJC Mike Carter baseball field, TISD football field and next to the revered Tyler Rose Garden. This plan and strategy will define a vision to unify, grow economic development, and grow employment all while knitting together adjoining neighborhoods.

While many aging 20th century suburbs are struggling to maintain their relevance in a 21st century environment, the City of Farmers Branch is investing capital and implementing innovative programs that demonstrate the community’s commitment to its continued redevelopment. The City’s latest effort to bring about progressive change in an area largely comprised of office and light industrial land uses, initially developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s, is the “Eastside Comprehensive Plan and Redevelopment Strategy”. The plan accomplishes the following; rebalance the land use mix, identify opportunities for revitalization and investigate funding sources for redevelopment. 

Museum Place is an 11-acre mixed-use redevelopment located within the Fort Worth Cultural District. This $200-million multi-phased mixed-use project anchors the vibrant 7th Street Corridor, a retail corridor connecting downtown to the cultural district. The development comprises retail, hospitality, office, entertainment, civic/public space, and medium-density housing. The master plan is designed as a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use, featuring public plazas, open spaces, wide tree-lined sidewalks, abundant on and off-street parking, and is a stop on the streetcar line under development.

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