Urban Collage has a magic touch for creating memorable communities, but who knew our efforts would be Idol-worthy? Our town center planning effort in Snellville GA paralleled the rise of local girl Diana DeGarmo to second place on American Idol in Season 3; now Garner NC native Scotty McCreery is making a run at the Idol title, not long after the completion of an Urban Collage planning effort there; and top-ten finisher Paul MccDonald hails from Huntsville AL, site of Urban Collage’s Growth Plan work in nearby Madison. Coming soon, Urban Collage releases its own ‘Greatest Hits’!”
For the last year or so, Associate Matt Cherry has been working collaboratively with the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Housing Authority to gather input from community stakeholders and conceptualize a new Butler Park in the aftermath of severe damage caused by a 2008 tornado. Capitalizing on momentum from the ongoing adjacent Auburn Pointe (formerly Grady Homes) Hope VI Redevelopment, the new Butler Park will open in November, adding exciting new recreational and gathering spaces while simultaneously commemorating the legacy of Selena S. Butler and her contributions to educational issues and the civil rights movement.
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has formally grandfathered the recently completed Georgetown / North Shallowford Master Plan into its nationally recognized Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program. The plan joins the Dunwoody Village Master Plan – also prepared by Urban Collage – and qualifies the City for a select pot of transportation related implementation funds. Congratulations to the City of Dunwoody and the community participants who worked so hard on the plan!
The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Newtown Pike Campus Master Plan has been awarded the Professional Merit Award by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (KYASLA). A multi-disciplinary team led by EOP Architects, including Urban Collage and M2D Design Group, explored the redevelopment of the 65-acre former Eastern State Mental Hospital. The historic nature of the site as well as its context within Downtown Lexington was considered while planning for a sustainable campus and environs.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has appointed an Arena, Arts & Entertainment Task Force to conduct a comprehensive study on the Lexington Center, Rupp Arena, and its immediate context. The task force held its first organizational meeting on April 14, 2011 with the main objective to introduce the four Committees – Planning & Design, Need, Use & Benefit, Finance and Technical Advisory Group; and discuss the process, tasks and products of each Committee. Urban Collage has been engaged to provide staff support and help facilitate this ten-month process. The Committees are now in the process of gathering and analyzing existing studies and information, along with identifying potential case studies for the district.