June 18, 2014

Beyond Bricks And Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Urbanizing the Burbs: Fairfax Circle Plaza

(RECAP: At long last, the stars are aligned to re-develop much of this corridor as high-value, higher-density, mixed-use property that will fill the city’s coffers with greater tax revenue at little offsetting cost — and create an attractive place where people are more likely want to live and do business.)

Extra Credit: Considering Resyndication

(RECAP: Many owners of low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) properties explore “resyndication” or seek a new allocation of credits to preserve an existing LIHTC property. Preparing for and resyndicating, however, requires planning and due diligence, as the process involves both development and compliance issues.)

The Fire Hydrant Gets Its First Major Redesign In 100 Years

(RECAP: Today's hydrants break, leak and freeze, sometimes costing people their lives. The tamper-proof and incredibly durable Sigelock Spartan, designed by a former New York firefighter, is intended to work when people need them.)

Montross - The Mural Capital of the Chesapeake Bay?

(RECAP: The only way to describe the completion of three murals in the Town of Montross, Virginia, is as a contained but massive ignition. Suddenly, after seven years of careful planning, the Town's business-district-revitalization efforts came to life.)

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