All over the world, locals and tourists alike are rediscovering authentic urban neighborhoods like Brooklyn, East Nashville, and Wynwood – where arts & culture, music, food and craft industries are re-emerging in these walkable neighborhoods alongside a mix of new office and residential buildings.
Wernick & Co has experience crafting placemaking solutions that help unlock the potential of emerging neighborhoods and special districts, bringing enormous value to both public and private sector interests.
Neighborhoods within the urban core are experiencing a resurgence of interest. With rising land values and traffic congestion, once-forgotten neighborhoods located in close proximity to public transportation are being re-positioned with walkable streets, new housing and mixed-use development.
Change is an agent of good in the right hands. Wernick & Co understands and delivers high impact solutions in emerging neighborhoods. We often are engaged to consult on neighborhood master plans and community vision workshops, working with our clients and local civic associations to identify a shared vision to build consensus among stakeholders and property owners in a neighborhood.
Neighborhood revitalization in the urban core calls for new and innovative techniques to balance stakeholder interests, incentivize appropriate development and reinvest in the community in a way that benefits both current and future residents while celebrating the unique character of each neighborhood. Communities are exploring BIDs, NIDs, and other state-authorized tools to address neighborhood revitalization and capture additional value for reinvestment back into the district.
Wernick & Co has the skills, experience and passion for placemaking which has led to our involvement in high profile special districts in South Florida involving collaborative planning and multi-jurisdictional coordination.
Drawing on years of experience working with astute and creative developers in urban redevelopment and working closely with staff at local, county and state agencies, Wernick & Co understands the practical obstacles often plaguing emerging neighborhoods and revitalization efforts and understands the different perspectives of various stakeholders. This allows us to work together with stakeholders to identify strengths and weaknesses and to develop a shared vision that all parties can embrace. We regularly develop white papers and vision statements, work to help create or increase capacity of neighborhood and business associations, consult on community engagement efforts and quarterback planning and zoning initiatives in conjunction with outside consultants and local government staff.
Representative work includes:
Collaborative effort led by the Wynwood Business Improvement District to facilitate mixed-use development, including creative zoning solutions, parking program, and public benefits program to generate new dollars for infrastructure, open space, and affordable housing. Steven J. Wernick, Esq. AICP represented the BID in implementation of the NRD-1 in conjunction with PlusUrbia Design and the City of Miami Planning Department. The Wynwood NRD-1 was recognized by the American Planning Association in 2017 with a National Award for Best Economic Development Plan.
Wynwood Norte Community Vision Plan
Community-led initiative involving residents, developers, business owners, nonprofit groups, and city and county officials to reinvest in this overlooked transitional neighborhood and identify recommendations to promote mixed- income housing opportunities for working families while building off of its rich cultural identity. Wernick & Co helped incubate and advise the Wynwood Community Enhancement Association and coordinates ongoing implementation efforts with City departments and elected officials.