Since 2006, when the City of Whitehorse first adopted a Downtown Plan, there has been considerable positive growth and change in and around the downtown, with the addition of significant new multi-family development, the adaptive re-use of important heritage buildings for commercial, arts and cultural uses, and the addition of significant new retail and service businesses. Ten years after completion of the original downtown plan, we work with the City – in partnership with planners Jane Koepke and Michael von Hausen, to develop a comprehensive new action-oriented Downtown Plan that leverages this positive momentum and help take the Downtown to the next level in its evolution.
In tandem with the updated Downtown Plan, the City of Whitehorse has engaged Urban Systems to develop a plan for its Marwell Industrial area, an area north of the downtown that is in the midst of an ongoing mixed-use transformation. The intent is to develop a vision and identity for this former industrial area that can guide its growth as a more complex mix of employment, commercial and residential uses.
Urban Systems’ approach leverages multiple areas of specialization and innovative public and stakeholder outreach. Draft plans are expected by the end of 2017.
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