In January 2016, we published Laying the Groundwork: Design Guidelines for Retail and Other Ground-Floor Uses in Mixed-Use Affordable Housing Developments. The guide invites developers and architects to think creatively about the ways buildings contribute to the life and health of neighborhoods encouraging attractive, active and resilient streetscapes.
Accompanying the publication, the online cost template demonstrates the costs of applying the guidebook’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing recommendations.
Soon after we started the project, we held feedback sessions for developers, architects, community development organizations, business improvement districts, and City agencies.
We celebrated the Laying the Groundwork Design Guidelines at a panel event on February 25, 2016.