Overtown Charrette

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Project Brief


Date: July 16 - 23, 1999
The master plan was designed during a public planning charrette. Several redevelopment plans for different parts of Overtown had already been produced. The charrette was an effort to glean the best from these previous efforts and consolidate them into one master plan. Main features of the plan include the following:
1. creation of a center with a scale appropriate to the surrounding neighborhoods
2. redevelopment of two districts along 2nd and 3rd avenues
3. incorporation a mix of housing types along the existing street network
4. celebration of the public entrances to the community
5. utilization of highway underpasses
6. preservation of historic buildings
7. expansion of schools
8. restoration of historic structures
9. exterior renovations for active commercial buildings
10. creation of an entertainment district
11. proposal for an urban stadium on the old Miami Heat arena site
12. reopen 9th Street to automobile traffic
13. restoration of four square blocks of public housing as an authentic neighborhood
Public Input Workshop - Saturday, July 17, 1999
Public works out issues with an urban designer as a facilitator. At the end of the session, each table presents their ideas.
Design Studio - Sunday, July 18 - Friday, July 23, 1999
Public invited to Studio to give additional input and view the on-going work. No appointment necessary.
Charrette team tests and refines the public input with continued open public input
Presentation of Work-In-Progress - Friday, July 23, 1999
This event included a Work-in-Progress presentation and an opportunity to provide additional public input.
After a week of working in the community, work completed within the week is presented back to the public. These are examples from other charrettes and in no way influence the upcoming charrette.
Charrette Documents
Charrette Report    
Opening Presentation Work-in-Progress Presentation
  Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
  Sardegna and Little Partners, Inc
  Correa Valle Valle, Architects, Planners
  Urban Designers: Maria DeLeon Fleites and Derrick Smith