LAN and Asakura Robinson Company Complete Livable Centers Study at Houston’s Fifth Ward/Buffalo Bayou/East End

(HOUSTON – May 04, 2015) Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), in partnership with Asakura-Robinson Company and other consultants, has completed the Houston-Galveston Ares Council’s (H-GAC) Livable Centers Study at Fifth Ward/Buffalo Bayou/East End.

Livable Centers are walkable, mixed-use places that provide transportation options, improve environmental quality and promote economic development. H-GAC’s Livable Centers Program funds planning studies and on the ground projects by working with communities interested in pursuing the program’s goals.

The Fifth Ward/Buffalo Bayou/East End study was initiated by H-GAC in partnership with Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and Greater East End Management District, to develop a vision for the area where residents can live, work, and play amidst the natural outdoor areas of Buffalo Bayou. Recommended policies and projects were developed to:

  • Strengthen and preserve existing neighborhoods
  • Identify development opportunities for a spectrum of housing options
  • Identify linkages and multi-modal transportation connections to Buffalo Bayou

LAN provided transportation and circulation recommendations as a sub-consultant to Asakura-Robinson Company, LLC. McCann Adams Studio, MARSH DARCY PARTNERS and The Working Partner were the other firms who worked on the study.

“The East End and the Fifth Ward, two of Houston’s most historic communities, have had little to no planning efforts that covered both areas,” said David Manuel, LAN’s senior planning manager. “This project provides the opportunity to knit the two areas together and look at new ways to address the challenges and opportunities of the different neighborhoods.”

Public input has been a critical component of the study. A series of public meetings was held last September to engage stakeholders and evaluate existing conditions in the neighborhoods. Conceptual planning was completed with input from the two historic neighborhoods, and information gathered at the January 2015 public meeting was used to develop designs that incorporate all suggestions and ideas into implementable plans.

The project team presented final recommendations during the last public meeting held on April 28, 2015.

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