Blueprints: Revitalizing Brunswick's Norwich Street Corridor - CNU Legacy Project


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Each year, the Congress for New Urbanism's Legacy Projects partner with the Congress host region to empower local leaders, advocates, and residents to implement New Urbanism principles and build places where people and businesses can thrive and prosper. Each Legacy Project culminates in a three-day workshop on-site to explore opportunities, identify crucial roadblocks, engage local residents in visioning, and generate top-of-the-line design and placemaking strategies and deliverables. In the fall of 2017, the City of Brunswick applied to the Congress for the New Urbanism’s call for Legacy Projects around the Georgia Coast, as the 25th Annual Congress was held in Savannah. The City of Brunswick was selected and a Project Team was assembled based upon needs and areas of focus identified by the city. The City of Brunswick identified the Norwich Street Corridor as the area of focus for this Legacy Project.

The final report outlines a strategy for the transformation of nearly 2-miles of a historic commercial corridor, with a focus on four specific intersections with immediate redevelopment potential. Since the host was selected, the Project Team conducted three site visits, gathered and analyzed data, conducted stakeholder interviews in person and over the phone, conducted preliminary market analysis, and communicated with city leadership on the project. In March of 2018, the entire Project Team (comprised of architects, urban designers, planners, landscape designers, and market analysts), hosted a four-day workshop to gather citizen input and develop a vision for the community. The final report captures feedback and strategic recommendations intended for the city to begin implementation as soon as possible.



PROJECT TEAM

City of Brunswick
The Citizens of Brunswick
James Drumm, City Manager
Julie Martin, Commissioner
Brenda White-Daiss, Planning, Zoning, Building and Codes Director
John Hunter, Planner
Mathew Hill, DDA Executive Director
Garrow Alberson, City Engineer
Brunswick Police Department

The Congress for the New Urbanism
Marcy McInelly, Board Chair
Lynn Richards, President and CEO
Jay Shepley, Membership Engagement Manager
Liza Mueller, Congress Program Manager

Kronberg Wall Architects
Eric Kronberg, Principal
Elizabeth Ward, Design Associate

Georgia Conservancy
Katherine Moore, Sr. Director of Sustainable Growth
Johanna McCrehan, Urban Design Lead
Charles McMillan, Coastal Director
Jonathan Franklin, Design Intern

Symbioscity
Denise Grabowski, Principal

Canvas Planning
Aaron Fortner, Principal
Nathan Gallantine, City Planner

Thompson Placemaking
Mike Thompson

Bleakly Advisory Group
Ken Bleakly, Founder
Geoff Koski, President

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To learn more about the Brunswick Norwich Corridor Legacy Project, please contact Georgia Conservancy Urban Design Lead Johanna McCrehan at jmccrehan@gaconservancy.org