What If Our Town Fixes the Parking Rules and Zoning and Then Nobody Comes to Build?


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Small Mixed Use Building in Geneva, NY.  Photo by Mike Puma Small Mixed Use Building in Geneva, NY. Photo by Mike Puma (used under Mike’s “feel free to use whatever you want, whenever” license agreement).  Mike is a project manager at Preservation Studios in Buffalo.  If you are in Buffalo please buy Mike a beer.

That’s the question my friend Mark Nickita heard from a City Manager in a small town in Michigan.  Mark thinks that’s a very good question.  Mark and his partner Dorian Moore are Architect/Developer/Retail Entrepreneurs based in Detroit.  They understand urban design, architecture, and what it takes to make a building project pencil in a transitional or down market.  His advice for the city manager?  “If there are no developers coming to help fix your town you will need to grow some developers of your own.  Figure out how to help them build (or rebuild) in your town”.  It’s a tough situation that illustrates why a new cohort…

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