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  • 1. PORTFOLIO NICHOLAS SEIVERS AICP urban composer | plans & places
  • 2. SAUCIER MISSISSIPPI TOWN CENTER CONCEPT SCENARIO C Description I participated in an intensive planning study for Saucier MS in the winter immediately following Hurricane Katrina. The team produced the award winning Community Plan for Saucier. The Plan received the 2006 APA Excellence Development Planning Award. Concepts for a Town Center along Church Street are illustrated in the renderings above. The Town Center is located between a limited access divided highway (US Highway 49) and the KCS railroad, each of which run north from Gulfport, MS. Historically the area near Church Street and Second Street has served as the center of activity for residents in northern Harrison County. Community facilities such as the community center, small children’s library, elementary school, and several churches currently serve the community. Saucier residents identify the water tower and elementary school as landmarks within the community. The future center of activity would reinforce the connection to the past and serve as the Town Center for a growing community along the Church Street corridor. The concept sketches illustrate how new buildings could be developed around the existing landmarks. The new buildings would th draw from the predominant architectural examples found in the gulf coast at the start of the 20 Century. The public realm would be enhanced with sidewalk and street furniture treatments, a public green, a new library, and a new community center. Link: Community Plan for Saucier (page 54) NICHOLAS SEIVERS AICP urban composer | plans & places
  • 3. LINWORTH OHIO CONCEPTUAL STREETSCAPE ENHANCEMENTS Description The study area is approximately four blocks across and one block deep to either side of State Route 161, a two lane street with ample right-of-way width. In the independent study I recommended streetscape improvements including sidewalks, bike lanes, and underground utilities for the area known locally as Linworth. Linworth, Ohio is not a place in many respects. Linworth is located midway between two rapidly growing areas in northern Columbus. The corridor is dotted with commercial services setback from the street. Connections and pedestrian amenities are few. The street area is undefined. Due to its location and traffic volume the State Route 161 corridor has attracted the attention of city planners and developers. The images above illustrate the existing conditions, installation of streetscape improvements, and later with new development. NICHOLAS SEIVERS AICP urban composer | plans & places
  • 4. PATTERN BOOK FOR AMENITY AREAS Left: St. James Court, Louisville, KY Description The purpose of the Pattern Book for Amenity Areas document was to raise the level of expectations for new residential subdivisions in Hendersonville, TN. The document contained national and local examples with links for additional information. Through photographic and illustrative examples the book promoted context sensitive site design, including the preservation of natural and historic features, placement and use of small parks and greens, decorative streetscape features, and aesthetic storm water management features. Link: Pattern Book for Amenity Areas NICHOLAS SEIVERS AICP urban composer | plans & places
  • 5. LAND USE INVENTORY FOR THE CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE TENNESSEE Description A detailed land use inventory was prepared for incorporation into the Hendersonville Land Use and Transportation Plan. County tax assessor data, aerial photography, and windshield surveys were combined to produce a land use inventory accurate to the parcel level. The existing land use map above was generalized for the Land Use and Transportation Plan. The inventory was instrumental in preparing additional maps and presentations. Community institutions, cell towers, and vacant parcels were known and could be referenced in other staff projects. Parcels defined as “agricultural/unimproved,” or vacant, were examined further in additional analysis not shown here. Vacant parcels were mapped by acreage. Additional analysis estimated the number of new dwelling units and commercial square footage that could be built on vacant parcels. . The level of detail included in preparing and updating the map made it possible furnish the existing land use, number of acres, zoning classification, and the character area (future land use) of any parcel in the study area. Link: Existing Conditions (map as formatted above, Chapter 2, page 4) NICHOLAS SEIVERS AICP urban composer | plans & places
  • 6. HENDERSONVILLE LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION PLAN: WATERFRONT LIVING Description Many of the recommended character areas for Hendersonville were new to the region (see Chapter 3 of the Hendersonville Land Use and Transportation Plan for descriptions of character areas). I illustrated the concept for lake front development and redevelopment called Waterfront Living. Old Hickory Lake was completed in the late 1950’s. Within a few decades of completion most of the shoreline in Hendersonville had been platted for single family homes. The lake is mostly lined by private property. New development in Waterfront Living character areas would open the lakefront to the enjoyment of the residents of the entire subdivision if not the community as a whole. This focus area is approximately 14 acres in size and is located on the west side of Walton Ferry Road just north of Lock Three Access Road. This focus area contains up to 57 dwellings designed to resemble 19 large lake front homes. The homes are, where ever possible, oriented towards the lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers holdings which nearly bisect the property and existing trees are maintained in this sketch plan. Walking paths lead down to the lake from Walton Ferry Road. Generous porches, boat slips and lake front greens activate the lake and enhance its appreciation. Link: Focus Areas (Chapter 4, page 4) NICHOLAS SEIVERS AICP urban composer | plans & places
  • 7. HENDERSONVILLE LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION PLAN: MIDTOWN HENDERSONVILLE Description Midtown Hendersonville is a conceptual small area plan for approximately 137 centrally located acres in Hendersonville, TN. As envisioned currently, the site would consist primarily of 4 to 5 story residential buildings with ground floor opportunities for retail, office, and dining establishments. Several large office buildings are located throughout the site. The most visible components of Midtown Hendersonville are the Hotel and Convention Center, the Corporate Campus with manufacturing, and a Commuter Rail Depot. West Main Street and New Shackle Island Road are shown as boulevards with medians and parallel local access streets. The topography of the site lends itself to placing service and parking facilities out of view. New buildings will be brought up to street level by providing underground parking facilities. Midtown Hendersonville is an urban neighborhood where there now are under-utilized suburban office warehouses and commercial centers. Link: Additional Graphics (Appendix B) NICHOLAS SEIVERS AICP urban composer | plans & places
  • 8. OTHER ILLUSTRATION SAMPLES Description Top: Concept of V-shaped house with an incorporated green house Bottom: Concept for infill development on the block southwest of the intersection of East Witherspoon Street and North Preston Street in Louisville, Kentucky NICHOLAS SEIVERS AICP urban composer | plans & places
  • 9. ARTWORK SAMPLES Below: a small cove as seen from a backyard in Hendersonville TN Above: personalized street scene, French inspiration NICHOLAS SEIVERS AICP urban composer | plans & places