Monthly Archives: September 2015

If You Build It, They Don’t Always Come: Alternatives to Empty Commercial/Retail Space on the Ground Floor of Mixed Use Buildings

By Leigh Kellett Fletcher |  Many multi-family and mixed use developers completing residential infill projects in urban areas are required by local governments to incorporate retail or other commercial space in the ground floor of their projects. The laudable goals of these types of requirements is to activate street fronts, increase economic activity in the urban […]

Convincing the Neighbors — Tools for Effective Communication about Potentially Controversial Development Projects

By Leigh Kellett Fletcher | Development projects can be controversial for a variety of reasons: where they are proposed to be located; the proposed use; the perceived potential impact of the project on nearby residents; and simple destruct of change, unfamiliar individuals or government. How information about a project is communicated can heavily impact the […]

Port Tampa Bay Channel District Vision Plan Presented to Tampa Downtown Partnership

  By Leigh Kellett Fletcher | This morning Port Tampa Bay presented its vision for the 45 acres the Port owns bordering the Channelside district in downtown Tampa to members of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.  The land is currently home to the cruise terminals, the Aquarium parking lot and vacant industrial land.  Ram Kancharla, Vice […]