Sheffield Village One (1918) as an Historic Neighborhood Planning and Design Treasure

APA Alabama Chapter


Friday, June 16, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. CDT

Sheffield, AL, United States

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Afternoon studying, discussing and exploring the historic ncity of Sheffield.


Sheffield Village One (1918) as an Historic Neighborhood Planning and Design Treasure


Sheffield Library for box lunch and presentations

--Welcome, Mayor Ian Sanford

 --The Historical context, Joel Mize, Port Authority Board Member


--The Village and its national ASLA president designer—Richard                                 Sheridan, City Historian


 --Architectural design features, David Milstead, AIA

--Village design from a landscape architect’s perspective (speaker TBD)

--Overview of village life and change over 100 years, Verna Brennan,

--Port Authority Board Member and Village resident



Village One

 --Assemble at Village school, vacant.  Verna Brennan will discuss its historical uses and plans for renovation and reuse


 --Tour 28-unit apartment complex, built as officers’ quarters in 1918.  Owner will show unit.


 --Tour of typical mission-style residence, with homeowner Verna Brennan


 --Walk around Village


 --Return to Village school for Q&A with presenters and city council member Steve Stanley council member for Village district



Bill Matthews

• Bill Matthews o Past President, Alabama Chapter, American Planning Association o Masters in Planning, University of Tennessee o Initiated Alabama Planning Institute program in 1987 o Planner of the Year in Alabama (2001) Read More

Verna Brennan

• Verna Brennan o Former councilwoman, City of Sheffield o Retired business executive  Owned 30+ businesses  Managed major downtown development  Current and past member of several city of Sheffield boards including Redevelopment Authority and historical commission Read More

Richard Sheridan

• Richard Sheridan o City Historian o Past President, Tenn Valley Historical Society o Prepared nominating material for Village One National Register of Historic Places o Edited 6 volumes of Journal of Muscle Shoals History o Former reporter for Times Daily newspaper Read More

Steve Stanley

• Steve Stanley o City council member for 30 years o Served as chairman of the Sheffield Planning Commission for 20 years o Chairman of Sheffield Redevelopment Authority o Shoals MPO technical coordinating committee member o Advanced Certified Municipal Official, ALM o BS, business management, UNA Read More

Joe Mize

• Joel Mize o Bachelors’ in ChemE, U of Alabama o MBA Pepperdine o Professor of Process Engineering, Colorado School of Mines o Sheffield Port Authority board member o Member of several local and regional boards o Published author Read More

David Milstead

• David Milstead o BS Architecture, Auburn, 1978 o BS Environmental Design, Auburn o Licensed Registered Architect, 1983 o Private practice In Sheffield o Architect for 11 older buildings in downtown Sheffield o Numerous other private and public commissions Read More

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Dennis Madsen,