Jonathan Ford and Hiram Peck present APA National Webcast (YouTube)

On August 16 MBD’s Jonathan Ford and the Town of Simsbury, CT Planning Director Hiram Peck presented “Beyond LID: Density and Form-Based Zoning Codes for Watershed Health” as the American Planning Association’s weekly webcast sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the APA. Over 500 across the country participated.

Click HERE to watch the webcast on YouTube.

Full webcast description:

This presentation will demonstrate a small historic Connecticut town’s efforts to create a form-based code that enables a significant amount of context-sensitive development within the existing town center. The town also established innovative stormwater management regulations and design guidelines integrated with the adopted form-based code. Issues common to many smaller towns will be discussed as will the approach taken to establish compact, walkable development patterns as a framework for watershed health.

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MBD Summer Update

Happy summer from MBD! We’re thrilled to announce the completion of a number of projects this summer, including mixed-use development, affordable housing, schools, and athletic facilities.

To view our web-based newsletter click HERE! Contact us to learn more or to discuss how MBD can help achieve your vision.

Olney Village - forty new affordable apartments, food pantry, and afterschool program on a number of sites in Providence's Olneyville

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Urban bioretention doing its thing

The Paul Cuffee School bioretention system is installed and doing its thing to protect Providence’s Woonasquatucket River! (the river is behind the railing just past the stop sign in the below picture)

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MBD in action

Jonathan Ford speaks with local residents at a Simsbury, CT Weatogue neighborhood planning/zoning public workshop

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Phoenix Apartments – tree box filter update

This tree box filter by StormTree was installed as a cost-effective water quality & infiltration tool at the Phoenix Apartments affordable housing project in Providence. More details and construction install pictures here.

photo by Paul Iorio

Photo by Paul Iorio

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Old urbanism: Warren, RI

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Concord Riverwalk

MBD provided site sustainability consulting for Concord Riverwalk, and last week we had the pleasure of touring the project for the first time since its completion. Although difficult to see the site/landscaping due to snow, the project was stunning in its layout, design, and execution. Kudos to the team!

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World Landscape Architecture Features The Steel Yard

Nice profile of the Steel Yard by World Landscape Architecture – including a few sweet pictures – check it out HERE!

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ABC National News Shipping Container Architecture Article (including Box Office)

On November 23 ABC National News featured the Box Office, home to Morris Beacon Design (we were also the project’s civil engineer), as part of an article about shipping container architecture in the US.  Read it here

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Construction Update: Olney Village

In-progress bioretention construction at Olney Village, a Providence scattered site affordable housing infill project for Olneyville Housing with ICON Architecture. This site includes 13 units in four new buildings, one building is mixed-use with a market. Bioswales and three bioretention systems strategically built into the site layout and topography will filter and infiltrate stormwater close to where it falls.

bioretention in progress - crushed stone subgrade reservoir - roof runoff discharge in foreground, area drain overflow for larger storm events in background

New multi-family residential buildings - ICON Architecture

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