Senior Planner City of Manchester, NH Hooksett, NH
Manchester, NH and Biddeford, ME followed similar paths: unprecedented mill development in the Nineteenth century; loss of industry; rediscovery of historic mills as attractive working and living space. Now both cities envision new mixed-use development that complements and leverages this legacy. Manchester’s riverfront Millyard is a thriving technology hub that lacks room to grow. A framework of expanded bus and eventual rail service, district parking, and signature recreational trails will unlock new development opportunities. Biddeford’s historic mills are also full. A developer and the City are working together to transform a former factory site into contemporary spaces to work, live, and dine along a new people-friendly street and riverside park. Join us to explore: How should program and design of new development differentiate itself from rehabilitated mills? How can district-scale placemaking turn inaccessible brownfields into vibrant downtown districts? What public-private partnerships effectively coordinate new buildings and the infrastructure they need?
Understand planning and urban design strategies that support community and economic development with transit-oriented, mixed-use, walkable development strategies.
Apply architectural design approaches that fit with historic context while also offering contemporary architectural expression and state-of-the art program spaces.
Understand how developers, designers, and municipalities can collaborate effectively to achieve great places with coordinated buildings, landscape and infrastructure.
Discuss the unique roles our regional cities of different sizes can play supporting economic growth and personal lifestyles.