Vacant Lot Toolkit

One of the legacies of Pittsburgh’s economic shift is a large amount and wide variety of vacant and distressed property. The reversion and accumulation of properties coming under public responsibility has placed an enormous burden on the City while contributing no taxes to pay for public services. The estimated cost of maintaining these properties in 2011 totaled $20,457,155. Through the City’s Open Space Plan, it was determined that the City find suitable uses for these lands. Asakura Robinson was engaged by the Department of City planning to review the existing programs and policies relating to vacant land disposition, develop policy recommendations...
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South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan

Austin’s South Central Waterfront (SCW) is bound for change. In fact, change is rapidly underway. The South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan is a roadmap for how the coming change can be guided to create the best possible outcome for all Austinites. The SCW strives to be a model for how a district-wide green infrastructure system paired with quality urban design and an interconnected network of public spaces, streets, lakeside trails and parks can provide a framework for redevelopment. A district approach can also coordinate public and private investments to leverage maximum impact and provide for district-wide value capture to...
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Willow Waterhole Access Plan

As part of Harris County Flood Control District’s restoration of a native prairie at the Willow Waterhole Stormwater Detention Facility, Asakura Robinson developed a Public Access Plan for the Prairie Management Area. Starting from the goal that the prairie should not only be well integrated with the adjacent basin park area, but also with the surrounding community, AR’s work was as much about crafting a plan as building consensus and support for the prairie among a diverse group of community stakeholders. To do this, ARC organized a series of public meetings in collaboration with HCFCD, led discussions of the opportunities...
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Gannoway Lake Park Phase II – Sugar Land, Texas

After producing a Masterplan in 2009 for a nature park at Sugar Land’s Gannoway Lake, Asakura Robinson was contracted again by the City of Sugar Land to prepare a more focused study of the challenges to address in developing the park. A complicated urban site framed by roadways, residential development, a local high school, a new water treatment facility and extensive planned mixed-use development, Gannoway Lake is also an extremely unique ecological asset to the area and the potential lynchpin of an expansive greenway along Oyster Creek. To complete the feasibility study, ARC worked with consulting engineers from Walter P....
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Greater Southeast Management District Greenspace Master Plan

The Greater Southeast Management District commissioned Asakura Robinson Company to develop an extensive Greenspace Master Plan. The District comprises of a diverse community, thriving shops and restaurants, walkability, well-used public spaces and ample green space. The goals of the District include: – Identifying the potential to enhance these qualities – Make the District a safe, walkable area – Bring a defined sense of place to the District – Provide connectivity to the two proposed METRO Light Rail lines – Develop comprehensive landscape design standards – Develop a landscape maintenance schedule – Develop a comprehensive Public Places Inventory of the District. View project sheet...
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