CD Advisor


Commercial District Advisors

We help our clients achieve their goals by devising actionable, market-based solutions for diverse urban places.

Commercial District Advisors

We help our clients achieve their commercial revitalization Goals by devising actionable,market-based solutions for their downtowns.

 

WHO WE WORK WITH

We work with a range of clients across the country and customize solutions based on their capacity and needs.

Public


We support cities and government entities in their efforts to maintain or establish economic development efforts

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Private


We support real estate brokers, retailers and developers in their retail leasing and site selection efforts.

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Non-Profit


We support economic development organizations, community based organizations, Business Improvement Districts (BID) and other commercial district managers in their commercial revitalization efforts.

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FEATURED PROJECTS

We have worked in over 200 communities around the nation, in small towns and large cities. In 2018, our projects received Planning Excellence Awards from the International Downtown Association.

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  • Downtown Memphis Retail Market Study and Action Plan
  • East Shore Beautification and Enhancement Plan
  • Midtown Atlanta Retail Market Assessment and Implementation Strategy
  • Retail Attraction Marketing Materials: Midwood Studio City
  • Citywide Retail Strategic Plan: Cambridge, MA (2018 IDA Downtown Achievement Award Recipient)
  • NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative: Middletown, Elmira, Oneonta, Oswego, Hudson, Watkins Glen
  • Commercial District Assessment for Livingston County
  • Downtown Morganton Visioning and Master Plan
  • Citywide Economic Market Study: Trenton, NJ

SMAR2T™
Approach

Every community has a unique set of physical conditions, resources, and partners whose collective efforts can be harnessed to create healthier business environments.

The SMAR2T™ Approach ensures communities are utilizing existing assets when planning for the future.

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MARKET ANALYSIS

Assess the physical and business environment, and collect demographic and market data

STRATEGIC POSITION

Define your community’s “DNA”, the resources, assets, and characteristics that make it special

TENANT MIX

Improve the mix of businesses through business retention and attraction.

RETAIL SALES

Drive sustainability of local businesses through marketing and promotion efforts.

ACTION

A blueprint for action with actionable, market-based strategies will guide communities to achieving successful commercial revitalization

REDEVELOPMENT

Improve the public realm, build density, and enhance privately-owned properties.

DIAGNOSE

In order to more effectively allocate funding and resources towards the goals of catalyzing investment, communities must first diagnose local opportunities and challenges in the physical environment, business environment, and market conditions.

CAPACITY

Identify the organizations, people, and resources who can execute strategies. Consider the role of the existing regulatory and municipal permitting processes in supporting business growth.

CAPACITY

The best planning efforts are meaningless without the capacity to execute and a regulatory and policy framework that enables action. Qualified staff, organizational support, and adaptive regulatory frameworks are a necessary component of a successful commercial district strategy.

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    Accommodating The Growth of Food Delivery
    January, 2019
    Nur Asri, Associate
    The rise of digital technology is reshaping the retail industry. Over the last decade, consumers have grown accustom to...
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    News Round Up: commercial's "missing middle," retail apocalypse debate continues, carryover technology retail trends, 4 overworked retail trends
    January, 2019
    Scott Landfried, Operations Manager
    There's a Missing Middle for Commercial Spaces, Too Housing in America often lacks "middle housing" -- courtyard apartment, townhouse, live/work...
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    Waiting for the Micro Mobility Revolution
    January, 2019
    Larisa Ortiz, Principal
    A wide sidewalk along Lexington Avenue in New York was made significantly more narrow to accommodate the automobile. The...
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    Building Climate Resilience in Commercial Districts
    January, 2019
    Nur Asri, Associate
    Three years after the 2015 Paris Agreement, world leaders are still negotiating a work plan to deliver on the...
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    The Irony of NYC Signage Regulations (and it is not limited to NYC)
    January, 2019
    Larisa Ortiz, Principal
    The City of New York has been on a regulatory blitz lately. In December, members of the City Council...
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    News Round Up: What's Really Happening to Retail?, 10 challenges for cities in 2019, middle neighborhoods, minimum parking gone in SF
    January, 2019
    Scott Landfried, Operations Manager
    What’s Really Happening to Retail? "Manhattan’s shuttered storefronts tell a larger American story: Only Amazon-proof businesses can now survive in...
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