A leftover infill site in central Phoenix is now home to 25 low-rise condominiums, with a modern design that maximizes the site and minimizes ongoing costs. artHAUS was an architect’s first foray into residential development; as he says, “the design part’s easy for me, but the financing part—that was a big-time learning curve” helped along by a ULI Arizona event.
Hudson Park is a transit-oriented multifamily rental development—adjacent to the Yonkers Metro-North train station in the heart of Yonkers, New York—consisting of four separate buildings built in three phases over a 17-year period. The project is located on a former industrial site of eight acres located between the train station and the Hudson River. The first phase includes 266 apartments in two separate nine-story buildings, the second phase includes 294 apartments in one building with two towers of 12 and 14 stories, and the third phase includes 213 apartments in one 24-story tower. The project also encompasses 18,606 square feet of retail and office space. Hudson Park was undertaken by Collins Enterprises and involved a public/private partnership and cooperation among various groups, including the city of Yonkers, the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency, the state of New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and numerous private capital sources. Hudson Park will consist of 773 rental apartments when completed in 2018.
A bright white “side-scraper” stretches three-tenths of a mile along the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles, sandwiched between railroad yards and the river on one side and the city’s burgeoning loft district on the other. This structure is One Santa Fe, whose 510,000 square feet of space includes 438 apartments (88 of which are affordable units), as well as 78,620 square feet of retail and office space. The development, located on a narrow parking lot leased from a transit authority, was built using $165 million in public and private housing and commercial financing. Surrounding One Santa Fe’s internal pedestrian promenade is an eclectic mix of retailers, including both local convenience businesses and regional specialty shops that complement the neighborhood’s artistic and creative energy.
Kashiwa, a city with a land area of 115 square kilometers (44 sq mi) and a population of just over 400,000, is in Chiba Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo in Japan’s Kanto region. Though home to companies in food processing and other industries, as well as a professional soccer team, it is now best known as the home of Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City. Currently being developed on 273 hectares (675 ac) in northwestern Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City was launched in 2005 with the opening of Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station on the Tsukuba Express train line. The land is divided into 299 parcels, to be subdivided further into blocks with interconnecting streets and pathways. Initial development is taking place in parcels 147, 148, 149, 150, and 151. This 42-hectare (104 ac) group of parcels extends outward from Kashiwa-no-ha Campus Station and encompasses the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus, Chiba University Kashiwa-no-ha Campus, Kashiwa-no-ha Park, and industrial areas.
Accessible from Tokyo in less than an hour by train, Kashiwa-no-ha is an area rich in natural beauty as well as the home of a concentration of academic and research institutions. Creation of the grand design for the project was from the beginning a collaborative endeavor, with Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa, the University of Tokyo, and Chiba University involved in the planning and deliberation.
Mueller is a 700-acre redevelopment of a former airport into a health-focused master-planned community just three miles from downtown Austin, Texas. By 2020, Mueller is projected to have over 5,700 single family and multifamily units, a quarter of which will be affordable for low-income families. The Catellus Development Corporation worked with master planners ROMA Design and McCann Adams Studio to promote community health and wellness, to increase pedestrian activity, to improve air quality, and to utilize low-emission building materials.
Mueller’s various facilities and amenities are designed around the principles of social interaction, open space preservation, and active lifestyles. Tree-lined sidewalks and protected bicycle lanes provide shade and connect to a comprehensive trail system, retail, and recreational parks to encourage walking and bicycling. To promote physical fitness, Mueller provides sports facilities, playgrounds, a stretching area, and outdoor showers. A six-acre orchard and community garden provides residents with a seasonal harvest. Residents have initiated over 40 different clubs and interest groups and over 70,000 people attend large scale community events annually. The developer has facilitated social interaction these interactions through a block party at move-in and through physical design, including front porches, stoops, gardens, and alleyways in residential areas.
Encore is a mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment of what had been public housing just north of downtown Tampa, Florida, developed by a partnership between a housing authority and a bank-owned community development corporation. Encore currently comprises four apartment buildings with a total of 662 units of housing, 559 of which are affordable to seniors and family households with low incomes. At full buildout, the LEED for Neighborhood Development Gold–rated community will have up to 1,513 housing units, plus 180,000 square feet of office space, 200 hotel keys, and a 36,000-square-foot grocery on its 12 city blocks. Over eight years, the $425 million investment will create 5,000 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs on a site that previously supported only 18 jobs. Encore uses innovative and efficient districtwide approaches for stormwater management and cooling.
Beaugrenelle is a repositioned multilevel retail center with 49,517 square meters of gross leasable area (GLA) in the heart of Paris. The project involved the redevelopment and repositioning of an existing shopping center, first built in 1979 as part of a larger mixed-use district. Located several blocks from the Eiffel Tower, in the Front de Seine district, the original center was erected on a podium that placed much of the retail above the street level. The new center is a fusion of internal mall and streetfront retail space, and uses a striking new modern design to reconnect the center with the street and the neighborhood.
Certified green—the first high-rise office building in the world to be precertified by LEED-CS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design–Core and Shell Development program) at the Silver level and, upon completion, the second to be certified by LEED at the Gold level—1180 Peachtree is a striking icon that has redefined the epicenter of Atlanta’s urban renaissance and enhanced the city skyline. Located at the center of Midtown—a four-square-mile (10 sq km2) neighborhood between downtown to the south and Buckhead to the north—the 41-story tower at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets anticipates the Santiago Calatrava–designed future home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO). An extraordinarily narrow site challenged the development team to accommodate office and retail space as well as parking; the extremely efficient floor plan provides more than 630,000 square feet (58,529 m2) of office space and more than 32,000 square feet (2,973 m2) of retail space plus a 1,200-space parking deck. When ASO’s Symphony Center is completed, it will face 1180 Peachtree across a large public plaza to be shared with the Woodruff Arts Campus to the north.. A landscaped plaza and retail and lobby frontage define 1180 Peachtree’s street-level presence, and passers-by are unaware of the parking, which is situated below the main office tower.
Avalon is a mixed-use town center that, in its first phase, includes retail, restaurant, multifamily rental housing, single-family for-sale housing, and office uses surrounding a main street and a central plaza. A second phase will add a hotel and conference center as well as additional retail, multifamily rental housing, and office space. The 2.3 million-square-foot project is located in an affluent northern suburb of Atlanta on an 86-acre site. A previous developer had planned a similar concept for the site in the mid-2000s era but was unable to execute the development.
Storrs Center created a new, mixed-use downtown for the town of Mansfield, Connecticut, replacing a small shopping center adjacent to the University of Connecticut. Its 11 mixed-use buildings house 626 rental apartments and 139,707 square feet of retail and office; 42 for-sale townhouses and condominiums are also on the site. New retailers, such as a supermarket, restaurants, medical center, and bookstore, create an eclectic college-town atmosphere, while a half-acre town square and 20 acres of nature preserves provide places for gathering and recreation.
The project was initiated by a partnership between the town, the university, and local business leaders. Master developer LeylandAlliance, together with apartment developer Education Realty Trust (EdR), built the $169 million retail and residential development, while the town used over $25 million in grants for on-site infrastructure and planning. Storrs Center was a finalist for the ULI Global Awards for Excellence in 2015.