“What would have taken me two years was done in four months.” That’s what developer Jonathan Sage Martinson said after participating in the Corridor Development Initiative.

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How CDI Helps Developers PDF Print E-mail
Developer after developer agreed that the initiative not only reduced the intensity of community opposition, it resolved tensions quickly and allowed projects to move forward efficiently through the entire review process.

You can work with the Corridor Development Initiative to get the same results. Think of it as a community feasibility study that eliminates the roadblocks to a successful development project.

Why the initiative is good for your business:
  1. It shortens development process planning time.
  2. It reduces community opposition.
  3. It prevents project delays.
  4. It saves you money and costs nothing.

The initiative process brings all parties to the table before you invest time and resources creating a site proposal. You have a chance to listen to community concerns and that can help you develop a proposal that won’t encounter strong community opposition.
The experience also teaches community members important lessons about feasibility and design preferences. This “reality check” helps make their conversations with you more productive.

Six months, four workshops - it's that simple.
A typical initiative takes six months and is supported by a team of design, development, facilitation, transportation, and market analysis experts. The first few months are spent designing the process and doing outreach to increase community participation. During the next two months, four community workshops are held.

  • information gathering
  • block exercise
  • developer panel discussion
  • framing the recommendations

In the first two workshops, neighborhood residents have an opportunity to have candid conversations about development sites, and create their own development scenarios then test them to see if they’re financially viable.

Saving time and money - reaching a solution together.

The final two workshops feature a panel of developers, commercial brokers, and city representatives discussing the opportunities and challenges facing redevelopment of the property, and the ultimate creation of development objectives for the site to assist community officials in their decision making.