Downtown Activation Plan:
Grand Prairie, Texas
In 2015, ASH+LIME worked with various Downtown Grand Prairie stakeholders to create a comprehensive activation strategy for Grand Prairie's Main Street. Among the nearly fifty recommendations were pop up retail, sidewalk programming / activation strategies, designs for cost-effective site furnishings and aesthetic enhancements, and mitigation of impacts of vehicles on pedestrians. In September 2017, Grand Prairie re-hired ASH+LIME in order to help implement many of the recommended tasks, including pop-up restaurants. public space enhancements, and a mural program. The City continues to implement various incremental initiatives in its downtown.
Historic Spaces & Places Popup
ASH+LIME was brought on as a sub-consultant of Amanda Popken Development for a popup retail and activation event in Corsicana, a quintessential small Texas downtown. ASH+LIME provided various support services related to public participation, code/ordinance research, media outreach, fundraising, and editing. The team conducted extensive outreach to local stakeholders, media contacts, and potential business owners. They coordinated the event and incubated 12 retail stores and two public spaces (a beer garden and dog park). Metrics within four months of starting work included 11 new downtown businesses; regular monthly events in one of the new public spaces, a new window display ordinance; and purchase offers on properties.
Downtown Activation Plan
ASH+LIME worked with the Garland Downtown Business Association (GDBA) to assess the state of their neighborhood. After extensive public engagement, we produced a report recommending forty immediately-implementable projects. This report included detailed guidelines for implementing the five most highly-recommended strategies, which included leadership coaching, marketing, wayfinding, public space activation and cultural events. To our team's knowledge, it was the first action plan of its kind in the United States.
Old Embree Vision Plan
ASH + LIME, along with Van Meter Williams Pollack and VERDUNITY, worked with various stakeholders to help re-envision the future of the neighborhood known as Old Embree, immediately east of Downtown Garland. ASH+LIME's contributions focused on branding, complete street reconfigurations, special events, demonstration projects, and industrial “makerspaces." with a goal to reinvigorate a transit-adjacent, but largely under-invested neighborhood. The three-day ‘legacy charrette’ project was part of the Congress for the New Urbanism’s (CNU’s) national conference held in Dallas in 2015. A private developer is currently working with the City to revitalize the section of the neighborhood adjacent to the downtown core.
Downtown Connectivity Plan
Duncanville, Texas’ civic center includes a library, senior center, police department, elementary school, and large park, all within a quarter-mile walk of its revitalizing commercial downtown. ASH+LIME worked with both the Park and Recreation department and the Library to create a strategy that activates and enhances the town center by improving walkability, wayfinding, and connections to Main Street businesses. The plan re-envisioned the City’s two most important clusters of assets as a single district.
Near Southside Retail
Fort Worth, Texas
Currently, the Near Southside of Fort Worth boasts a walkable, extraordinarily-successful restaurant and medical district. However, the Near Southside business improvement district recognized a retail deficiency which created left it somewhat short of a complete mixed-use neighborhood. Conventional retailers were unable to compete with the high rents offered by medical and food/beverage uses, and a different approach was needed. Our firm worked with developer Monte Anderson to host a workshop which coached local small developers on strategies to incorporate unconventional retail into their work.
Transit-Oriented Developments Cincinnati, Cleveland + Columbus
While at CNT, Rik Adamski worked with the State of Ohio Governor’s office to develop strategies to enhance walkability, improve transportation, and develop complete streets for the state’s three largest cities. He helped the state identify the best locations for Transit-Oriented development based on a variety of demographic, land use, and transportation factors. Additionally, he helped to write a multi-million dollar Cincinnati Streetcar grant.
Citywide Opportunity Assessment: Lone Star, Texas
Lone Star Texas (Population 1,532), is an East Texas town with a substantial number of highly-engaged citizens. The City engaged ASH+LIME to identify opportunities to maximize the use of their existing resources, attract visitors, and improve quality of life in their community. ASH+LIME made a variety of recommendations related to tax structures, grant writing, hiring strategies, business attraction, branding, special events, and enhancement of their lakefront and other natural resources. The overall strategy was focused on creating tangible steps that the City could take immediately to reach its goals.