Nationally known planner coming to Boyne City

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Robert Gibbs, a nationally known landscape architect and urban planner, will present a program in Boyne City on Monday, February 4, at 6 p.m. at the Boyne District Library Community Room.

Robert Gibbs, a nationally known landscape architect and urban planner, will present a program in Boyne City on Monday, February 4, at 6 p.m. at the Boyne District Library Community Room.

While he works with communities across the country, Gibbs has close local ties as well. He is the planner and landscape architect for the new Walloon Village plan and he has a home in the Petoskey area. Gibbs also spoke last fall at the Michigan Downtown Conference in Petoskey and recently met with members of Team Boyne, a Boyne City economic development support group, which is sponsoring his visit. Team Boyne is a cooperative effort between the Boyne City Main Street Program and Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce to retain and recruit businesses in the Boyne City area.

His presentation is titled “Sustainable Retail: Contemporary Principles and Practices,” which offers an overview of recent trends in retail.

The program is free and open to the public.

The founder of Gibbs Planning Group, one of the nation’s foremost urban retail consultants (www.gibbsplanning.com), Gibbs believes that sustainable development and vibrant community life are only possible with a vital commercial life, and that cities need intelligent strategies for creating competitive and sustainable downtown districts.

In his presentation, Gibbs will discuss:

  • Required market demographics for a variety of retail types, the importance of individual store location and basic principles of successful store design
  • How the practical science of analyzing and adjusting all elements known to affect a shopper’s mood      in the marketplace has informed design and development principles for reviving retail in downtowns and neighborhood commercial centers;
  • Essentials of how to program, plan, and develop historic downtowns; and
  • How principles of retail      development can be combined with the best practices of architectural and      urban design to create successful and competitive mixed-use commercial centers.

Gibbs will also examine the current retail environment, provide approaches for strengthening the retail options, and suggest ways that new trends in urban retail could be successfully applied to local concerns.

For more information, visit www.boynecitymainstreet.com or boynechamber.com or contact Boyne City Main Street by telephone 231.582.9009, or email at mainstreet@boynecity.com

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