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The master planning process for City Modern is built on a series of community meetings that asked residents and stakeholders to reflect on the changes, opportunities, and challenges that have been encountered in the past decade and to establishw a renewed vision for improving the neighborhood. The successful master plan represents a commitment to mixed use, mixed income, meaningful open spaces, walkable amenities, transportation options, architectural diversity, historic preservation, and community engagement.

The planning team developed a series of form-based design guidelines to ensure the architecture of the 43 vacant parcels and four historic structures would be developed with a variety, richness, and compatibility of an urban neighborhood that has evolved over time. Five architects from across the country were then selected to contribute to this development and the five unique housing typologies utilizing the form-based design guidelines. The guidelines directly relate to the neighborhood’s streets, alleys, existing buildings, and established form. Our team also contributed site design services including site master planning, streetscape design, landscape design, and design of the linear public open spaces called ‘The Mews’.

Following design, the planning team assisted the developer through zoning, entitlement, site plan, and historic review processes as well as community meetings to achieve City and stakeholder approval. The resulting plan provides residents with the opportunity to meet all or most of the daily needs for high-quality housing, services, amenities, employment and recreation in an environment that is interconnected, historic, sustainable, and collaborative. Now in construction, City Modern has generated a groundswell of local interest and has been recognized by several planning and design awards.

* ROSSETTI’s Amy Chesterton led the urban planning and design on this project alongside Alex Niehaus and Kevin Stover while with another firm.