Applied Exercises: Interactive dialogues to develop a Western Slope response to the questions posed.
Friday, May 31, 2019
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. MDT
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There are three exercises A) What are the components of equitable design and engagement to create successful projects? How do we accomplish this in smaller communities?; B) What does redevelopment and resilience mean to the Western Slope?; and C) How do developers and property owners navigate the development process?
How to identify opportunities, understand components of high-quality projects, and find solutions to financial challenges to enable successful, well-designed redevelopment and reinvestment in their community.
The overall Symposium will answer questions which are salient to both public and private sector planners. Questions related to creating a shared community vision, such as “How do you stimulate interest in an area in need of redevelopment?”, “What are some ways to draw interest to an area that has long been overlooked?”, “How can you gauge whether or not your own enthusiasm about the potential of an area is in line with the perspectives of the broader community?”, and “How can private and public sector professionals work together to facilitate opportunities for appropriate redevelopment?” will be asked. Attendees will hear how these questions have been addressed in recent efforts to stimulate reinvestment and redevelopment in parts of Durango and Grand Junction.
Questions related to identifying projects and partnerships for redevelopment include, “Is that run-down motel really a diamond in the rough waiting to be polished?”, “Does that old gas station have potential to be a hip new brewpub?”, “Why has that weed-infested lot been vacant for so long?”, and “Who should be involved in assessing the feasibility of a potential redevelopment project?” will also be asked. The Symposium will discuss how pioneering developers, realtors, economic development professionals, and planners respond to questions like these. The speakers will discuss how to identify potential pitfalls and how to run a basic financial analysis of a potential project while also shining light on common misconceptions about redeveloping unusual sites.
Also, the Symposium will explore some fundamentals of good design related to infill, adaptive re-use, mixed use, and walkable development. Attendees will have their senses trained to recognize elements of well-crafted projects.
Shelia Booth, firstname.lastname@example.org