ND Main Street Conference Keynote

Bob Gibbs was honored to give the North Dakota Governor’s Main Street keynote address to over 600 planners in Bismarck, ND.GPG recently consulted for Kilbourne Development company in Fargo.

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 GPG recently presented our downtown commercial master plan for downtown Delray Beach, Floridato the City Commission. GPG's study found that the downtown's existing stores can increase new sales to $221 million by either capturing more shoppers or extending their hours. Read more...

In process is a Shopability Study for the Downtown District, which will include recommendations for building infill, parking, vehicular circulation, streetscape, signage, lighting, zoning and tenant mix.

Clicks & Bricks: Stronger Retail Together

Bob Gibbs presented a seminar on new trends in real estate entitlements and zoning with the Form Based Code at the ICSC's Michigan Continuing Education Program for Real Estate Professionals on Feb. 8 in Novi, Michigan.


Urban Retail: Essential Planning, Design and Management Practices
June 25 - June 27, 2018, Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education
Robert Gibbs and Terry Shook are the instructors of this popular Harvard GSD course - now in its 22nd year! The fast-paced class covers all essential best practices for planning and developing new mixed use urban centers and revitalizing historic downtowns. Numerous guest speakers will present. Information and registration can be found at:  https://execed.gsd.harvard.edu/urban-retail
CEUs: 21 AIA/CES (HSW) | 21 AICP/CM | 21 LA/CES (HSW)

Gibbs Planning Group is pleased to offer the following internship effective 02 April at our Birmingham, Michigan offices:

The position will assist GPG with urban planning and research for various communities and New Urban real estate developers in Michigan and across the U.S. Responsibilities include a support role in site inventory and analysis, and master planning. The internship is full time for 8 to 12 weeks at our downtown Birmingham offices. Stipend will be dependent on experience and will be offered following a successful application. GPG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicant Requirements
Urban planning, architecture or landscape architecture student with :
        • Excellent communication & writing skills,
        • 1 year experience with AutoCAD and Sketch-Up
        • Dependable transportation

Okemos, Michigan Master Plan

GPG was pleased to kick-off master planning for Downtown Okemos! The 5-block downtown has languished for many years but active economic development and forward-thinking zoning position the area for a resurgence. The village center will be planned to include an anchor salon and institute, retail, apartments, townhomes and a road-diet.

Gibbs Planning Group, lead planner.
Greg Presley Architecture, lead architect.
True North Development, developer.

Smart Growth America Recognizes Las Cruces Complete Streets Plan

GPG is honored to be a member of the PlaceMaker's team for the Las Cruses, New Mexico master plan. Smart Growth America highlighted Las Cruces’ innovative work with land use and transportation as one of the best Complete Streets initiatives, projects, and champions around the country. Read about it here.

GPG is pleased to return to Patrick Square, in Clemson, SC to consult on their town center. Patrick Square is a large new urban community planned by Torti Gallas Architects in 2007 that includes residential, office, civic, retail and some of the region’s best restaurants.

News 2018

Gibbs Presents Sessions at CNU.26 Savannah, May 16-19

May 16-19, 2018: GPG is attending the Savannah CNU.26 Annual Congress this week, where Bob Gibbs will make three presentations, including a 202 Workshop, Principles for Urban Retail Planning & Development;  The Making of a Successful 21st Century Downtown.  GPG Sr. Associate Dave Mangum is a panelist for the session Retrofitting What is Missing.

Downtown Lafayette

GPG consulted in Lafayette, Louisiana during the week of May 11. We are developing a market study and commercial plan for downtown. Lafayette is a beautiful historic city filled with delicious restaurants and shops.

May 7, 2018: Downtown Birmingham Evaluates Redevelopment Plans

GPG is pleased to be part of TIR Equities' team for the Bates Street Extension Project in downtown Birmingham, whose plan has been short-listed for further consideration. Read about  it here.

Fresno, California

GPG joined Moule-Polyzoides during the week of March 19 to work on a master plan for a 120-acre new town center in the Fresno, California SW Neighborhood. The new community will include a residential neighborhood, park, elementary school, residential, a community college and a Main Street of shops and restaurants.

The SW neighborhood is a moderate income area with few shopping opportunities. The plan was well received by the local residents.

GPG's Warren, MI Plan Detailed in Crain's Detroit Article
The city of Warren, Michigan is  seeking a developer for GPG's proposed town center master plan, a walkable downtown area about 16 acres in size that would cost approximately $125 million to create. It would be built just north of 12 Mile Road along Van Dyke Avenue, across from the GM Technical Center. the $120 M project. The walkable town center will include: A full-service hotel, residential, a square, gourmet grocery, shops and restaurants, and a raised bridge to draw in foot traffic from the nearby GM Technical Center. Read about it here.

Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan Market Study

GPG has been honored to complete a retail market study for the historic Mackinac Island this year. The island doesn't allow cars and depends on horses and bikes for transportation.

Mackinac is filled with interesting shops and restaurants and is the home of the famous Grand Hotel and Fort Mackinac. We found considerable opportunities for the island to expand their main street district and for existing businesses to expand their sales.

Fort Wayne eyes $440 million conversion of former GE Factory

GPG conducted a six-month commercial study of the S Ft. Wayne neighborhoods and commercial corridors in 2016, and is pleased to see that the city is considering this significant redevelopment site. A city on the move and worth the investment! Read about it here.

GPG was pleased to consult on Pineland Prairie, a planned new 3000-acre town in Stuart, Florida. Marcela Camblor & Dover Kohl are the lead planners; Knight Kiplinger is the developer.Shown above: Bob Gibbs, Knight Kiplinger, Victor Dover and Don Killoren.

El Paseo Shopping District Revitalization Plan

GPG has been commissioned by the city of Palm Desert, CA to design alternatives to improve the El Paseo district’s walkability. We presented our market study & alternative master plans for El Paseo Street on January 12. One of the top luxury shopping districts in the World, El Paseo is over a mile long of shops and restaurants including Sak’s Fifth Ave., Gucci and Ralph Lauren.

Read about it here.

Santa Cruz Updates

GPG has enjoyed returning to Santa Cruz, CA to update our 2011 commercial master plan and retail market studies for four districts. Santa Cruz is a beautiful central California coastal city of 62,000.

The central California coasal city of (pop. 62,000) has a vibrant downtown, waterfront, east and west commercial districts. The downtown is filled with numerous beautiful restaurants and shops including a large independent book store, Gap, theater and Urban Outfitters. The downtown was destroyed by an earthquake in 1989, but has fully recovered. Our 2011 study resulted in numerous improvements to the city's parking, walkability and streetscape. GPG also assisted in attracting a large Forever 21 store to the downtown.