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2018 Michigan Municipal Executives Workshop
What's working? What needs work? Bob Gibbs presented at the Michigan Municipal Executives Workshop on July 18 in downtown Charlevoix, as part of a panel titled "Taking the Pulse of Downtown: Diagnosis and Treatment."
The panel presented real-world conditions in downtown settings that illustrate how communities across the country are keeping their downtowns healthy by implementing a range of simple and high-tech solutions.
Downtown Petoskey Master Plan
GPG 's presentation of its master plan for an entire block in downtown Petoskey, MI was announced in The Petoskey News. The proposed development, which sits right at the western entrance to the downtown area, will includeresidential, retail and a hotel grouped in five buildings clustered around a squar
ASLA News Interview with Bob Gibbs
An interview with Robert Gibbs, ASLA, is featured in ASLA News Today. The interview discussed the future of America's retail streets, districts and malls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GPG was quoted in the Boston Globe:
Nov. 27, 2018
GPG has been honored to work with Mayor Wild on master plans for Westland’s DDA and TIFA districts. McKenna Associates co-planner.
GPG has been honored to provide advisory services for Butler Plaza since 2012:
10 Reasons Whole Foods Gainesville is the Disney World of Grocery Stores
Nov. 20: Delray Beach, FL is one of the most exciting and walkable downtowns in the US. GPG was honored to complete retail planning, market research and a shopability study for their commercial districts:
Projects rise in Delray Beach DDA http://ow.ly/Dcxj30mz0gk
Gibbs consults for Mayor's Institute for Design
Nov. 12, 2018: Robert Gibbs ASLA, AICP has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to provide expert advisory services at the 71st session of the Mayor's Institute for Design. Gibbs will be consulting for U.S. mayors on specific urban planning challenges urban planning with their downtown’s.
Gibbs will advise the Honorable Mayors: Francis X. Suarez, Miami, FL, Gavin Buckley, Annapolis, MD, Scott Singer, Boca Raton, FL, Chokwe Antar Lumumba Jackson, MS Joyce Craig, Manchester, NH, Paul TenHaken Sioux Falls, SD and Michelle De La Isla, Topeka, KS.
IDA National Conference
Nice to see our Delray Beach, FL DDA friends at the IDA National Conference in San Antonio. GPG conducted a retail market & shopability study for the Delray Beach's thriving downtown. The city is quickly implementing our 100 recommendations to enhance their shopping district
Missoula, Montana Downtown Master Plan
GPG was in Missoula, Montana as part of the Dover Kohl team working to update the city’s downtown master plan. Picturesque Missoula, which is home to the University of Montana, is experiencing tremendous growth and has a vibrant downtown full of bustling restaurants, bars and unique boutique shops. Andrew Littman is GPG’s project manager conducting focus groups interviews and the retail market research. Read about it here.
Warsaw, Poland Town Center
GPG is honored to be in Warsaw, Poland working with Maciej Mycielski on a new town center. Warsaw is rapidly expanding and there are very few walkable places outside of the Old Town and City Centre. GPG planner David Mangum and the talented team from Mycielski Architecture & Urbanism (MAU) are working on a plan to include over 200,000 sf of retail with 1,000 new homes in the project.
June 25-27: Urban Retail: Essential Planning, Design and Management Practices Very honored to teach my 22nd Harvard GSD Urban Retail Exec. Ed. class this week. The class is one of Harvard's longest running Ex Ed sessions.
Among our distinguished guest speakers this year were: Joseph E. Barnes, Patrick Bienvenue, Jack Cecil, Andrew Gibbs, Charles House, Louis Marquet, Eldon Scott and Terry Shook.
June 14, Build Maine Workshop
Robert Gibbs shared his secrets on what sets successful small business apart from the internet giants in his lecture "Retail in the Internet Age" at this year's Build Maine Conference.
Palm Beach County Planning Conference
GPG gave the keynote presentation on June 22 at the Palm Beach Count,y FL Planning Congress. The event was held in the abandoned Macy’s department store at City Place in West Palm Beach. The presentation outlined best practices for revitalizing downtowns.
GPG joined with Moule Polyzoides during the week of June 18 to work on an exciting New Urban mixed-use community in Tucson, AZ.
GPG was honored to conduct market research for its historic downtown this summer.
Biltmore Park Town Center
May 30: Nice to consult again on Biltmore Park Town Center in Ashville, NC. GPG completed a retail market study for the then-proposed center in 2007. GPG returned to provide strategic future planning for the center. The 1 million sf center was planned by Shook Kelley Architects and includes office, residential, a YMCA, cinema, REI, Barnes & Noble, Ann Taylor, Orvis and numerous restaurants.
National Geographic Features GPG Client Charleston, SC
GPG has been honored to complete a commercial master plan and retail market study for Charleston’s historic district and to provide consulting services for over 5 years.
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.
Monterrey, Mexico Study
GPG is pleased to kick-off a four-month study for the expansion of a large upscale town center in Monterrey, Mexico. The center includes office & residential towers, squares, restaurants and shops. GPG is consulting on the retail strategic plan and place-making.
Attendees stop by GPG's booth at the annual Michigan Association of Planning Conference Sept. 20-22, where Bob Gibbs spoke on the principles for establishing traditional neighborhoods in cities and suburbs.
Westland to seek proposals to develop 100-acre site
GPG has been honored to plan a new neighborhood in Westland, Michigan with our friends at McKenna, Assoc. The neighborhood will be sited on their old city hall site.
Butler Plaza Ready to Open
GPG recently visited Butler Plaza Town Center in Gainesville, Florida with its developer, Deborah Butler. The center is about to have its grand opening and we were inspecting the new PF Chang’s. The plaza includes: Whole Foods, Trader Joe, Publix, Bone Fish, Target, Lowe’s, Sam's Club, Walmart, Lilly Pulitzer, Aldi, Starbucks, multi-family residential, office, a cinema and many other shops and restaurants.
GPG is honored to have consulted on this exciting placemaking project for over 10 years. Everett Hatcher is the center’s architect and lead planner.
GPG was pleased to complete real estate advisory services and retail market research on the Northline new town center located near Austin, TX. City officials say the new development planned for Leander will be a game-changer by finally giving the suburb northwest of Austin a downtown area.
The 115-acre mixed-use project, developed by Alex Tynberg, will provide shopping, dining, offices and housing in a walkable area in the north central part of Leander near Austin Community College’s San Gabriel campus and St. David’s Emergency Center.
GPG was honored to be part of the planning team for Savannah’s new 2033 Master Plan.
GPG is proud that Rosemary Beach, Florida is ranked as one of the most beautiful main streets in the U.S. by Architectural Digest. GPG conducted the retail market study and advisory services for the town center in the early 1990’s. Planned and designed by DPZ Architects, Rosemary Beach is one of the most successful new urban communities of the century.
Cuyahoga Falls Reopens Front Street
GPG has been pleased to assist Cuyahoga Falls, OH with the reopening of their main street. The move has given a boost to local businesses.
New Port Richey, Florida
GPG enjoyed working on a plan for New Port Richey, FL during the first week of August. New Port Richey is an emerging historic town near Tampa which will see a landmark hotel, grocery and many new restaurants opening this year.
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.
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.
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.