Regional Sustainability Governance Strategy - Southern Dallas County/Northern Ellis County, Texas
Cedar Valley College's Sustainable Communities Institute (SCI) brought on ASH+LIME to recommend a comprehensive strategy to support sustainable business and development governance in a large subregion of the Dallas area, including Southern Dallas and twelve nearby southern suburbs. Based on regional research from Yale University, ASH+LIME created tailored recommendations tailored to support economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Recommendations included the creation of a Sustainable Economic Development Corporation, the management of resource centers to support energy efficiency and urban planning, and the development of "living laboratories" to showcase best practices.
Grow DeSoto- Strip Mall Redesign + Reprogram: DeSoto, Texas
The City of DeSoto partnered with Options Real Estate, an innovative DFW-area developer, to redesign a suburban strip shopping center and reprogram its vacant anchor tenant as a cutting-edge entrepreneurial incubation center. The space has been reprogrammed to feature shared offices, several small retail tenants, local services, and an indoor/outdoor event area. The parking lot was redesigned to support small truck-and-trailer based vendors and a public gathering space. ASH+LIME advised on the redesign, zoning, and special events, along with aiding public outreach and incubation strategies.