Walloon is a small resort community of 300 residents located in northwestern Michigan’s Lower Peninsula near Petoskey on Walloon Lake. The new village includes two restaurants, a bakery, a waterfront park, office, stores, pop-up retailer sheds, repurposed lakefront cottages, and a 32-room waterside inn. The original historic village had been mostly razed through neglect and fire.
Distinguished Alumni Award for
Robert Gibbs received the 2015 Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Award Friday, Sept. 18, for his career's achievements and contributions.
GPG Presented its Retail, Hotel and Office Findings for South Ft. Wayne, Indiana to the city on July 13. GPG was tasked with developing a realistic market-based development strategy founded on the market analysis that can be used effectively at the outset to improve commercial/retail conditions in South Fort Wayne generally, three shopping centers and eight commercial corridors.
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GPG recently completed an adaptive master plan for the historic Three Rivers Hospital in Three Rivers, Michigan. Implementation of the plan would restore the historic (circa 1927) hospital to provide rental apartments or college dorms, extend Scidmore Park's presence throughout the site and on to the riverfront, and provide housing that would complement and enhance the surrounding neighborhood. The city is using the plan to apply for grant money for implementation.
Marquette, Michigan is in the process of implementing our Third Street Form-Based Master Plan and walkability study. GPG was the lead planner, with co-planners Susan Henderson of PlaceMakers, Mike Lydon (Street Plans Collaborative), Bill Dennis (B. Dennis Town & Building Design) and Dede Christopher (Christopher Illustration). Read about the implementation here. Marquette is home to Northern Michigan State University, and is the largest city in Michigan's UP.
downtown revitalization efforts. Bob is one of three national experts to talk about Placemaking, with the same program repeated in East, Middle and West Tennessee. And it's free (including lunch!).
Form-Based Codes for Architects is an intensive one-and-one-half-day class starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 and concluding on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 6:00 p.m., in which architects learn how to work with a FBC. Stay through Sunday and study on the ground the country’s first and best model of new urbanism. The course provides an overview of the principal logic of a form-based code, from its necessary foundation in a place-based community vision to its regulatory emphasis on the public realm. Register here.
with Bob Gibbs & Geoff Ferrell
Feb. 5-6, 2016
The Seaside Institute
Meet GPG's Hard-working Interns
GPG interns: Kelly Whiteside, Dustin Hagfors, Fan Fan and Rachel Miu.
GPG Planners Bob Gibbs and Dave Mangum were pleased to participate in the kick off workshop for the East Dearborn Sustainable Parking Lots Project!
Founded in 1957 and located in Rochester, Michigan, OU is a 20,000-student liberal arts college, and has recently added a medical school. OU has over 100,000 alumni and this was the 21st such award. Bob received a BA in Social Studies and an excellent education from OU.
Robert Gibbs will be a featured speaker at three free Community Summits in Tennessee. The state's Dept. of Economic and Community Development and the USDA are offering Three Free Community Summits across the state: Aug.4 in Jonesborough, Aug. 5 in Cookeville, and Aug. 6 in Huntingdon.The focus is in training and inspiring thepeople who are driving your
Kelly Whiteside has assisted GPG this summer as a marketing intern developing an integrated social media and promotions program. Kelly will wrap up her marketing studies at Walsh College in 2016.
Dustin Hagfors is a market research intern for GPG and urban planning graduate student at Wayne State University. Dustin has performed consumer intercept surveys, conducted market research, and collected demographic data for scores of market studies for us this year, most recently for Florida and Michigan projects.
Fan Fan is an urban planning intern, and been assisting us this summer on projects for Longwood, Florida and Three Rivers, Michigan. Her drawing skills have been a valuable support as we design alternative master plans for these clients. Fan is a recent Masters of Urban Planning graduate from the University of Michigan.
Rachel Miu graduated from University of Michigan with a BS in Architecture in May and has also been supporting GPG’s master planning projects for Longwood, Florida and Three Rivers, Michigan. She is a resident of Warren, Michigan.