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Nicolette Wagoner presented on two panels at the American Planning Association

Nicolette Wagoner presented on two panels at the American Planning Association – New York Upstate Chapter Annual Conference on September 29, 2016. She joined clients Rick Hauser, Mayor of Perry and Jason Molino, Batavia City Manager, for a morning panel “An Upstate of Mind – Emerging Approaches to Revitalization and Brownfield Redevelopment in Upstate NY Communities.” She then presented with planners from Binghamton and Ithaca on “The State of Sustainability & Our Green Energy Future: Why Planning, Measurement and Community Engagement Matter.” Nicolette’s work with the APA Pilot Communities Program on Sustainable Comprehensive Plans while developing the Village of Savona’s Comprehensive Plan in 2014 was the subject of her second presentation.

 

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Elan Planning and Design is excited to announce that the Mid-City Area-Wide Plan will be awarded a 2016 APA-Iowa Award in the “Public Outreach” category!

In 2014, the City of Council Bluffs received an Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Grant to prepare a revitalization plan for the Mid-City neighborhood. The program encourages community-based involvement in reuse planning and overall neighborhood revitalization.

The 70-acre Mid-City area is characterized by a low-income neighborhood, businesses, and existing and former industrial sites. Traditionally, the City has had difficulty getting Mid-City residents and business owners to attend public meetings. Prior to project kick-off, the City learned that residents and commercial property owners were suspicious, and in many cases angry, about plans for changing their neighborhood.

To overcome these obstacles, the City identified a series of traditional and non-traditional outreach activities to foster communication and build trust between residents, property owners and the City. Activities included one-on-one stakeholder interviews/focus group meetings, a weeklong Design Charrette, interactive planning exercises with youth, and booths at community events. An on-line survey and website were also created so those with busy schedules or limited mobility could stay informed and provide project feedback. http://revitalizemidcity.wordpress.com/

As a result of extensive public outreach, the City adopted a Plan that has full neighborhood support and once angry property owners are now excited about the future of Mid-City.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Designation of 12 New Brownfield Opportunity Areas

Elan’s client, the City of Amsterdam, was designated as one of the 12 new Brownfield Opportunity Areas by Governor Cuomo. The Waterfront Heritage Brownfield Opportunity Area, City of Amsterdam, Montgomery County. http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-designation-12-new-brownfield-opportunity-areas

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Wyalusing Borough Comprehensive Plan Focus Group

Nicolette Wagoner of Elan attended the Wyalusing Firemen’s Carnival where Community members of the Wyalusing Borough gathered to give their opinions on the new comprehensive plan Friday evening.

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Elan Secures Grant for Hudson River Skywalk

With Greene County as the lead agency, Elan has written a successful grant application for the Hudson River Skywalk connecting Greene and Columbia Counties across the pedestrian-friendly Rip Van Winkle Bridge in the scenic Catskill Region of the Hudson Valley.  The site will also link the Olana State Historic Site in the Town of Greenport, to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Village of Catskill. Elan will additionally provide design elements such as landscape design and trailhead signage.  Please see the Governor’s announcement HERE.

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USA Luge to Stay in Lake Placid

Elan Provides Design for Push Facility

USA Luge recently chose to remain in Lake Placid, NY in lieu of moving to Park City, UT as a result of a recent RFP process.  Elan teamed with Yehahes Advisors, led by Ray Rudolph (former CEO, CHA) to provide design for an indoor push training facility as part of a multi million dollar upgrade to the upstate New York complex.  A concerted effort was made by the Olympic Regional Development Facility and other local and state officials to retain this important Adirondack attraction.  Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 (who could forget the Miracle on Ice?)  Read the press release from the fastest sport on ice HERE.

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Elan’s Brownfield Work Continues in Midwest

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Jere Tatich, principal at Elan, sketches out the proposed area at the April 12 open house on the revitalization vision.

Following on the Mid-City area-wide planning project in Council Bluffs, IA, Elan has been contracted to bring a community vision together for an inner-city brownfield project in Pittsburg, KS.  In a region where mining had once thrived, Pittsburg boasted a clay works and pottery industry that helped sustain the community for most of the 20th century.  Since most of the structures have been torn down and some by-products remained on the site, the EPA awarded an area-wide grant to help determine a new future for the area.  The public participation stage is underway now, and you can see some local press coverage here.

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