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Olivette reports development success from 2006 Comprehensive Plan and vision

Posted by on May 16, 2022

Olivette reports development success from 2006 Comprehensive Plan and vision

Olivette MO – Despite two years of pandemic-influenced challenges facing communities across the country, Olivette is one community noting some bright spots with reports of positive development activity going on in the community.  In just the last two years, Olivette has added 500 new multifamily units, and ¾’s of a billion dollars in development.  Most importantly, all of this new development is consistent with the 2006 Comprehensive Plan and Dynamic Sense of Place vision which was developed with the help of Vandewalle &...

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Future Hancock Open House June 2

Posted by on May 12, 2022

Future Hancock Open House June 2

HANCOCK COUNTY, IN – Residents of Hancock County will be able to drop in June 2nd at the Hancock Co Public Library in Greenfield, anytime between 6-7:45pm to participate in Future Hancock, the County’s Comprehensive Planning Process. The session will provide an opportunity for residents to review and comment on the County’s Future Land Use Plan,  Thouroughfare Plan, and Economic Development Strategy. Details and downloadable flyers can be found on the Future Hancock Documents...

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Warehouse reuse MadJax Makers Force proves its worth in Muncie

Posted by on May 11, 2022

Warehouse reuse MadJax Makers Force proves its worth in Muncie

MUNCIE, IN – (WITH EXCERPTS FROM BALL STATE DAILY NEWS): A former 80,000-square-foot laundry facility holds limitless possibilities.  The Madjax Maker Force  opened in 2016 to “foster a collaborative environment where people can explore and create at the intersection of science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and culture,” according to its website. It is home to 35 businesses and hosts many Ball State classes and community meetings. Jane Ellery, secretary and treasurer of the Sustainable Muncie board, a nonprofit that manages the space, said this...

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City of Altoona residents invited to May 18 drop-in event

Posted by on May 5, 2022

City of Altoona residents invited to May 18 drop-in event

ALTOONA, WISC. (FROM THE LEADER TELEGRAM) — City residents are welcome to provide feedback later this month on a draft comprehensive plan for Altoona’s future. A drop-in event seeking resident feedback will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, at the Fish House in Altoona City Park, 418 Ninth St. W. City officials and planning consultant Vandewalle & Associates will be at the event to take input, discuss the draft plan and answer questions. The document being drafted is a roadmap for the next 20 years in the city with goals, objectives, policies and strategies for economic...

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Positioning the Upper Midwest as climate-secure

Posted by on May 4, 2022

Amid frequent national reports about forest fires, intense weather events and water shortages, the Milwaukee Region’s value proposition of being relatively free from the threat of natural disasters is becoming more relevant by the day. That platform is being used by the MMAC Chamber and Milwaukee 7 Partnership for Economic Development to appeal to businesses that may be considering a relocation or new site selection to lessen risks to people, buildings, and work hours. The opportunities for both climate safety and freshwater were first identified by M7 with the help of Vandewalle &...

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Muncie approves TIF bond to advance downtown projects

Posted by on Apr 28, 2022

Muncie approves TIF bond to advance downtown projects

MUNCIE, Ind. — The Muncie Redevelopment Commission adopted a $3.5 million tax increment financing bond issue on April 21 to provide financing for several public development projects in the works for the city. The bond would help fund the public portion needed to advance phase 2 of the Canal District to be called the Lofts development downtown. The bond would also help pay for intersection improvements for Columbus and Walnut streets in front of Muncie Central High School at the site of a planned new Muncie YMCA, two projects that were identified in the...

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TechWorks former manufacturing reuse at full occupancy

Posted by on Apr 28, 2022

TechWorks former manufacturing reuse at full occupancy

WATERLOO, Iowa (with excerpts from Clay and Milk) – In 2019, Lincoln Savings Bank purchased the top three floors of the historic John Deere Tractor Building (“Tech 1”) located on TechWorks campus in downtown Waterloo. The Techworks campus is a multi-building industrial plant reuse involving former Deere manufacturing buildings and property envisioned, advanced, and realized over nearly two decades with the help of Vandewalle & Associates. This purchase was a significant move for LSB and is anticipated to have a positive economic impact for downtown Waterloo. The new...

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From former school site to new Verona community hub

Posted by on Apr 28, 2022

From former school site to new Verona community hub

VERONA, Wis. (with excerpts from WMTV) – The former site of a Verona elementary school is set to be transformed into a community hub, developers announced Monday. The Alexander Company and Steve Brown Apartments explained that the pair has a public, private partnership with the City of Verona and has started construction on the former site of the Sugar Creek Elementary School on Verona Avenue.  The new community hub will extend Verona’s downtown with enhanced public and cultural spaces, boutique retail options, mixed-income housing, and more–bringing in multi-generational,...

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Watertown breaks ground on catalytic new Town Square

Posted by on Apr 28, 2022

Watertown breaks ground on catalytic new Town Square

WATERTOWN, WISC. (with excerpts from Watertown Daily Times) – Watertown community leaders and major donors gathered at 1 West Main St. in Watertown Saturday to break ground on the city’s new $4.5 million Town Square. Among the honored guests were Barton and Laura Bentzin who, through the Bentzin Family Foundation, donated $1 million to secure naming rights for the Town Square. When work is completed, the area will be known as the Bentzin Family Town Square. The goal of the Bentzin family Town Square is to serve as a catalyst for economic activity by bringing people...

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Hilldale Shopping Mall continues reinvention as a destination

Posted by on Mar 24, 2022

Hilldale Shopping Mall continues reinvention as a destination

MADISON, WISC. The Hilldale Mall on Madison’s near west side is entering into the next phase of its dramatic reinvention. While the Mall has undergone several earlier phases of progressive renovation and redevelopment ,in past years – including eliminating interior hallways, creating new outdoor gathering areas, and expanded retail offerings – this latest metamorphosis could be one of its most dramatic in terms of height, scale and mix of uses. Vandewalle & Associates has been involved throughout these phases in the roles of urban planning, public engagement,...

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