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.

Downtown Storrs

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.

The Promenade at Westlake

A 210,000-square-foot community shopping center designed to resemble a traditional downtown. The Promenade has a variety of tenants, from businesses that serve neighborhood residents, like a dry cleaner, to entertainment-oriented retail establishments such as restaurants, cafes, a bookstore, a cinema, and a Club Disney for children. As in a traditional town center, structures are highly articulated, and the bulk of the mall is broken up into smaller “buildings,” as if built over time. The site includes various outdoor spaces for sitting, dining, and strolling.

Belle Creek

Belle Creek is a 171-acre (69-hectare) mixed-income, master-planned, new urbanist community located in Commerce City, Colorado — a suburban area approximately eight miles (13 kilometers) northeast of downtown Denver and west of Denver International Airport (DIA). Upon completion, the development will feature 900 dwelling units — a mix of single-family homes, townhouses, and rental apartments — as well as a town center, and 61,000 square feet (5,670 square meters) of retail and office space and pocket parks. Fronting the town green, the project’s focal point is a “family center” that includes an early childhood learning center, a school, and other community amenities.

Issaquah Highlands

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Seattle, Washington, Issaquah Highlands is a new 2,300-acre (931-hectare) high-density master-planned community. In this new urbanist–inspired project, only 725 acres (293.5 hectares) of land are devoted to residential and/or commercial development. Most of the remainder is preserved in parks and open spaces. The community mixes single-family homes with townhouses and multifamily buildings. At buildout, the project is expected to have a population of 8,000, with 3,875,000 square feet (360,000 square meters) of commercial and retail space planned by 2010.

Bayshore Town Center

Bayshore Town Center is a redevelopment of a traditional enclosed shopping mall into a mixed-use town center consisting of over 1.2 million square feet (111,480 sq m) of retail, office, and residential space. Part new construction, part renovation, the project required extensive environmental remediation and faced a complicated land assembly process. Located in the northern Milwaukee suburb of Glendale, Wisconsin, Bayshore Town Center was developed by Columbus, Ohio-based Steiner + Associates in partnership with the city of Glendale.

Easton Town Center

A 750,000-square-foot, mixed-use retail/entertainment complex located about eight miles from the Columbus, Ohio, central business district (CBD) but within city limits and within the I-270 beltway. Easton Town Center (http://www.Eastontowncenter.Com) is a destination project with a “Main Street” that includes restaurants, a brew pub, a comedy club, a book superstore, a fitness center, a home furnishings store, a cybercade, more than 50 upscale boutiques and shops, and a 30-screen Planet Movies cineplex. A centrally located “town square” completes the village theme, providing an identity for the project and a gathering spot for social activities.

Orenco Station

A 190-acre, transit-oriented new community in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Its pedestrian-oriented master plan provides for 1,834 dwelling units, including single-family homes, townhouses, accessory units, loft units, and apartments. The plan also includes a mixed-use town center with offices and housing above ground-floor retail. Additional parcels are dedicated to apartments and a shopping center.

San Elijo Hills Town Center

The San Elijo Hills Town Center is the 70-acre (28.3-hectare), mixed-use core of San Elijo Hills, a 1,920-acre (777-hectare) master-planned development located in San Marcos, about 40 miles (64.4 kilometers) north of San Diego. The Town Center includes a public school with an attached public library, live/work units, condominiums, and townhouses, and when complete will also contain a church, additional condominiums located above 65,000 square feet (6,038.5 square meters) of retail space, and a 49,000-square-foot (4,552-square-meter) grocery store. All of these uses are oriented around a town square. Designed by Calthorpe Associates and developed by HomeFed Corporation, the San Elijo Hills Town Center relies on sets of one-way roads (called couplets) instead of standard arterials to circulate traffic.


Poundbury is a planned-unit development of rental and for-sale homes and apartments, offices, light industry, and retail. At buildout, the community will extend the urban boundaries of the historic market town of Dorchester by 400 acres (161.8 hectares) and increase its population from 15,000 to 20,000.