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Mixed-Use Development

mixeduseMixed-Use Development and the concepts of New Urbanism have been all the rage in urban design for more than a decade. This is truly a “back to the future” movement seeking to reestablish the bustling vitality of American cities from a century ago, prior to the advent of automobile-centric development. Modern thinking has come full-circle to the realization that a compact urban form embracing a balanced variety of land uses within close proximity is the most resource efficient, most economically productive, healthiest, and culturally enriching way to live.

Key elements of the built environment envisioned for UniverCity include:

  • New and renovated buildings in the core of Old Town with mass and scale that respect the established historic fabric.
  • New districts with taller buildings creating the density needed to support mass transit on the Mason Corridor.
  • Multiple focal points which may include a festival marketplace, sports venues, entertainment complexes, and civic plazas dispersed throughout the area.
  • Lively, upscale streetscapes to connect these focal points and also provide informal spaces for conversation and contemplation.
  • A diversity of housing opportunities for all ages and incomes.
  • A balanced and vibrant mix of land uses providing all of the goods, services, employment opportunities, and amenities needed to make the area self-sustaining for residents as well as a pleasant and exciting attraction for visitors.
  • Minimal amounts of land consumed by low value uses such as surface parking.

Two groups and two process initiatives were created to accomplish these tasks:

  • Ambassadors Group
  • Developer Coordination Committee
  • UniverCity Round Table
  • Comprehensive Urban/Economic/Environmental Database