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Nederveld was hired as the lead planning firm to help create the new town of Laurent, located in South Dakota. By utilizing the charrette process, during an intensive seven day event, Nederveld brought together the developers, future residents, stakeholders, county commissioners and other municipal officials to design a new town plan.This charrette process led to a plan that met with the approval of all involved, including residents that were originally against the development. The town plan incorporates a town center with a densely knit mix of retail and residential along with civic buildings and public squares. As the town grows into the landscape, residential neighborhoods will be platted adjacent to this urban core. Nederveld led a team of nationally renowned new urban design firms in the creation of Laurent. The design is inspired by the Transect, which is a planning tool that incorporates the entire spectrum of the human habitat, from the urban core to the rural preserve. This transect based planning led the team to begin to craft a new zoning ordinance for the town.This zoning was needed in McCook County to allow a town like Laurent to be built. Nederveld worked closely with the McCook County planners, the Southeastern Council of Governments, and the public to create a form-based zoning code that was acceptable to all. This code offers enough flexibility to allow a town like Laurent to be constructed, with a fine grain mix of uses, a traditional neighborhood pattern and numerous street types.
The Midtown Neighborhood Association hired Nederveld along with Lott3Metz Architecture and Past Perfect of Grand Rapids to lead a visioning process in the Brikyaat quarter of the Midtown Neighborhood in Grand Rapids. The process allowed residents, business owners and neighborhood investors to identify their “ideal community” for use in forming plans for the future configuration of the neighborhood. The resulting master plan includes a reconfigured farmers market on the east side of the neighborhood, proposed multi-family to transition from the market to the existing preserved single-family homes, and sensitive residential infill to the existing urban fabric. Additionally, the Fulton Street Business Corridor is augmented with mixed-use infill buildings with storefronts at the street level.Planning is now complete for the project and the final phase of the project is commencing. This implementation phase will integrate the concept plan into an area specific plan that will become part of the City of Grand Rapids Master Plan. This will become one of the first area specific plans to be implemented in Grand Rapids from a neighborhood scale.
Knollwood is Holland Township’s first neo-traditional community. The first phase of the project is currently under construction, and upon completion will have 120 homes, all with front porches and traditionally inspired details. Approximately half of the homes will have garages located on narrow alleys. The neighborhood plan is based on a gridded street layout forming pedestrian scaled blocks. A central park is defined by tree-lined streets and single family homes. This two acre park features a pavilion and a swimming pool, with the pavilion acting as a terminal vista to the entry street. Streets have sidewalks on both sides to encourage pedestrian connection throughout the neighborhood.
Kensington Place (formerly Homestead Village) is located on approximately 100 acres of land that has been annexed by the City of Holland, Michigan. This project represents years of collaboration between the city, the developer, the citizens of Holland and Nederveld in an attempt to create a walkable, traditional community based on Clarence Perry’s neighborhood model, as defined by a quarter mile walk. Kensington Place has a variety of residential typologies ranging from apartments to townhouses to single family lots, with the lots ranging in size from 38 to 60 feet wide. It also has mixed-use retail buildings in its town center, which connects to the rest of the neighborhood with a variety of street types. A large central park is defined by single and two-family homes and provides for a central gathering place for residents. The neighborhood is connected to an existing city park that provides soccer fields and other active uses to citizens of Kensington Place. The architecture of Kensington Place will provide many options for different types of residential living. A variety of lot sizes will allow for a variety of home sizes in both scale and price. These options will allow for a diverse mix of residents with varying levels of economic backgrounds.
This master plan project creates a unique vision for approximately 300 acres of undeveloped land located within the city boundaries of Coopersville. Nederveld used transect planning techniques, along with the SmartCode to guide the design process for this project. The new block structure is similar to the existing historical blocks in Coopersville and the new street system is based on a regional hierarchy that represents boulevards, avenues, streets and alleys.In conjunction with the City of Coopersville, Nederveld created this mixed-use plan through a collaborative design process involving land owners, the general public and municipal officials. The plan contains a multitude of uses, including smaller scale industrial, commercial, office and a variety of housing types. Most importantly, this neighborhood is connected directly to the historic fabric of the City of Coopersville and also has the ability to be connected to the region because of the addition of a train station within the neighborhood. This could eventually lead to the East Gateway becoming a Transit Oriented Development, the first new TOD of its kind in the region.The next step for this project is the creation of a new set of ordinances that will, in effect, help to bring this vision to reality. This new code will either replace, or offer an alternative via a parallel code, to the current master plan and zoning ordinance. This new form based initiative will include a sector plan based on contextual zones from urban to rural, a street hierarchy guide, urban form based code and architectural guidelines.
As uptown Grand Rapids’ first new residential construction project in more than 50 years, the mixed use venture called Fairmount Square will establish a new neighborhood within the Fairmount Square Historic District. The site borders Cherry Street and Hollister Avenue and incorporates the D.A. Blodgett building. With context sensitive planning and sustainable engineering by Nederveld, the project will reflect the distinct character and historic attributes of its surrounding community.Current plans call for 37 two-story townhouses at approximately 1,000 to 1,500 square feet in size. A new building on the northeast corner of the site will provide the area with 6,400 square feet of additional retail space, including a locally owned restaurant. The new neighborhood will also feature LEED certification of the rehabilitated D.A. Blodgett building and the retail building. The site design will also incorporate sustainable practices including raingardens, permeable pavement and a cistern that reclaims stormwater for irrigation of the park. A major part of the redevelopment effort includes the renovation of the D.A. Blodgett building, which will house the Inner City Christian Federation, a local non-profit housing corporation. The D.A. Blodgett building is a Beaux-Arts building, originally designed in 1908. It has gone through various owners since D.A. Blodgett moved out in 1976, most recently being abandoned and going through demolition by neglect hearings through the local Historic Preservation Commission. Restoration efforts will comply to local and federal preservation guidelines and garner historic tax credits.With housing prices ranging from $125,000 to $195,000 this project will allow people to affordably reside in new, beautifully designed homes within a traditional urban neighborhood, in close proximity to restaurants, shops and businesses, as well as downtown Grand Rapids.
When completed, The Cottages at Lites’ Woods, located in the Village of Pentwater, will consist of 130 new dwellings, comprised of single-and two- family homes. The concept of this community is to create an entirely new neighborhood that contextually relates to the existing village neighborhoods. The neighborhood incorporates bungalow courtyards (shown in images), a large central green with many preserved hardwood trees, a multi-use community building with swimming pool, and raingardens for storm water management. Nederveld’s survey team worked with an arborist to inventory the largest, most prominent trees on the site and to preserve them (indicated in red on the plan). Nederveld designed all the buildings for Lites’ Woods including the recently constructed community building.
Ottawa Beach is a summer resort community nestled directly in the historic Ottawa Beach district of Holland. Not far from this historic cottage area lies an approximately 20 acre parcel known as “The Chapel in the Pines.” The parcel has a small chapel on a distinctive hill where cottage goers attend an informal Sunday morning worship. Although the chapel still exists, it is used less and less as other opportunities for worship are available. The property has grown in foliage, forestry, and beauty over the years, with many overgrown varieties of Michigan trees and pines creating a feeling of warmth amidst the cool waterfront views. Chapel Hill will use turn of the century architecture on the exterior of the cottages, which will also include garages accessed from the front, side, and rear of the homes, leaving the tree-lined streets with a pleasant natural feel. The design also integrates narrow versatile streets which create a feeling of warmth with the already existing forestry of the property. Chapel Hill will have all of the neighborhood amenities within a quarter-mile radius and additionally, the neighborhood is about a 10 minute walk to Lake Michigan. Public boat launches, the Anchorage Yacht Club, as well as public lake access points through the hills of Lake Michigan are available for those hoping to spend time near the water. A portion of this development could be dedicated as a Private Association Park. The Park could include an association building at the location of the existing Chapel. This park will preserve open space for all to use while providing a place to congregate. Chapel Hill’s open spaces are gathering places for social interaction, recreational space, and preservation of the natural features for the entire neighborhood.
Situated in a park-like setting on the beautiful Saline River is this new 102-unit condominium development within easy walking distance of the coffee shops and restaurants in downtown Saline, Michigan. The architectural character of the buildings was developed in response to the neighborhood’s request that the project fit in with the adjacent historic architecture. The project will eventually include a small office building on the other side of Monroe Street that will tie in architecturally as well.