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HAA provided comprehensive planning and design services for a vibrant, walkable, and contextually sensitive mixed-use development in the heart of Detroit’s historic Brush Park neighborhood. This 8.4-acre development began as a response to the City of Detroit’s request for proposal for city owned land to which HAA helped the development team craft a master plan that embodies the community’s vision of creating a place that promotes walkability and is linked to the existing fabric.
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Architecture / Planning / Urban Design / Site Design / 2018

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HAA contributed site design services including site master planning, streetscape design, landscape design, and design of the public "mews." "

HAA’s planning process 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 established a renewed vision for improving the neighborhood. The successful design proposal represents a commitment to mixed use, mixed income, meaningful open spaces, walkable amenities, transportation options, architectural diversity, historic preservation, and community engagement.

HAA’s 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, including HAA, were then selected to contribute to this neighborhood and 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. HAA also contributed site design services including site master planning, streetscape design, landscape design, and design of the public ‘mews’.

Following design, HAA assisted the development team 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, Parcels A+B has generated a groundswell of local interest and has been recognized by several planning and design awards.

Note: Rendered views show the results of HAA’s planning effort realized through buildings designed by HAA and the other four nationally recognized firms involved in this project.

Disciplines

  • Architecture
  • Planning / Urban Design
  • Site Design

Type(s)

  • Historic / Reuse

Services

  • Architecture
  • Feasability Analysis
  • Site Design
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Planning

Client

  • Bedrock Detroit

LOCATION

  • Detroit, MI

AWARDS

  • 2016 CNU CHARTER AWARD
  • 2016 MICHIGAN ASLA MERIT AWARD
  • FINALIST FOR DETROIT DESIGN 139
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