The Reality of Planning for Retail

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10:45 a.m. - noon
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • What tenants, developers and the public sector require…from demographics to space requirements to financial returns to parking and signage restrictions… in order to make a retail project work. 

Recognizing that retail space can activate and enliven the surrounding streetscape, planners often look to incorporate ground floor retail into their planning efforts. Oftentimes however, specific spaces are designated for retail uses without first taking into account market demand, area demographics, retail/restaurant operational requirements, project financial returns, conflicting ownership objectives and public sector incentives. This panel will shed light on what today’s retailers and developers are looking for when it comes to parking requirements, store layouts, public sector incentives and other key criteria. It will also highlight they ways in which those requirements need to fit within often conflicting municipal regulations. The panel will feature store designers who have worked with a diverse array of clients, as well as developers and economic development professionals that have lead retail revitalization efforts.



Steve Dwoskin , Seattle , WA (see bio)
Kate Coburn , New York , NY (see bio)
Deborah Lawlor , FAICP , Maser Consulting P.A. , Mount Arlington , NJ (see bio)