1. Chimney Hill | Mixed-Use Development


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    Chimney Hill is a mixed use development on approximately eight acres located on University Drive East, the primary East/West commercial thoroughfare in College Station. This project is a 45,730 square foot Class A lifestyle center for business professionals containing a combination of upscale retail, restaurants, office space, a full service hotel and Class A multifamily units. Chimney Hill is located at University Drive East & Tarrow Street, and is approximately two thirds of a mile east of Texas A&M University. Easy ingress and egress at five points with a combination of surface parking spaces and a parking garage make this site extremely desirable for retailers. The new Chimney Hill mixed use development has an expected delivery date of Spring 2016.

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    • Kettlestone Ponds


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      A series of ponds and underpasses are now visible within the Kettlestone corridor in Waukee, Iowa. Construction on the ponds east of Grand Prairie Parkway are in the later stages of development, with more water and riprap to be added in the near future. Kettlestone is named for the glacial kettle ponds that once dotted the area and ponds will be a dominant feature of the development. The ponds will serve as an amenity and help with storm water management.

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      • PURL JAM - Bogyeong Min, Five Minutes to Increased Light-Rail Ridership in Phoenix


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        The introduction of the Phoenix Light-Rail corridor is expected to enhance the public transport system and the efficiency of land use in downtown Phoenix by decreasing automobile use (and therefore traffic jams) in the area. This study focuses on the Light-Rail corridor in Phoenix and aims to explore strategies for increasing Light-Rail ridership in the downtown Phoenix area. Specifically, the study will seek to address, firstly, ridership numbers in each station in downtown Phoenix; secondly, whether the stations with the highest number of Light-Rail passengers correspond to the neighborhoods with the highest population densities; and, thirdly, whether the stations with Park-and-Ride facilities have more Light-Rail passengers. To answer these questions, this study compares Light-Rail passenger numbers with population density, by area, for 2010. Overall, the centrality of downtown Phoenix has higher numbers of passengers than other stations (Figure 1 and Figure 2). Figure 3 shows population density around the Light-Rail stations in Phoenix. The red circles with bold lines around the stations have a quarter-mile radius, which is a five-minute walking distance. Perry (1929) suggests that this represents the concept of a “neighborhood community”. Perry believes that a city should be an agglomeration of smaller units, which defines its size based upon a five-minute walking radius. The dotted red lines indicate a half-mile radius from the stations. Furthermore, the numbers in Figures 1 and 2 show that fewer passengers use the Jefferson /Washington & 12th Street stations than other stations. The area needs to encourage multiple land use, such as residential, commercial, and office, instead of the existing surface parking lots. Figure 4 proposes infilling by utilizing surface parking areas, as well as using mixed use development, or the first floors of parking structures, for retail. Interestingly, the stations with Park-and-Ride facilities are not likely to have more Light-Rail passengers than other stations (see Figures 1 and 2). That is, among stations with Park-and-Ride facilities, stations such as 19th/Montebello and 19th/Camelback have relatively high numbers of passengers, while stations such as Central/Camelback and 38th/Washington show a relatively low number of passengers. When the stations near areas with high population density have Park-and-Ride facilities, passenger numbers are more likely to increase. We can also see that the Park-and-Ride facilities in residential areas are more likely to increase the Light-Rail ridership (Figure 5), since passengers want to use the Park-and-Ride facility that closest to home.

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        • Lever Court, Duke Street Liverpool


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          Video of our flagship £8.5m project Lever Court, situated in Duke Street, Liverpool. The six storey mixed-use development of sixty one apartments, ground floor commercial space, underground car parking and an landscaped courtyard provide contemporary secure luxury living. The project has been developed as a response to the confined site restraints and the Conservation Area status in order to deliver a development that is sympathetic to the existing historical architecture, whilst providing the client, the Iliad Group, with a landmark building in its own right. It was also through these constraints that the development of the elevated private courtyard allowed the proposals to take on a unique character and provide the urban security that is often missing within city centre residential developments. The choice of materials such as limestone, aluminium and render together with a design decision to include large picture windows to all the apartment living areas, has allowed for the creation of a contemporary façade to be developed, that compliments the proportions of the surrounding Georgian and Victorian architecture. The large picture windows allow views of Liverpool’s Cathedrals and skyline with good floor to ceiling heights with fenestration to match, making the rooms seem generous and light, a feature embellished with a balcony per apartment. Penthouses have views across Liverpool and beyond and the set-back creates large terraces enveloping their perimeter.

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