Existing Communities


Victoria and Albert Waterfront. Cape Town, Republic of South Africa

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The V&A Waterfront is considered South Africa's most visited destination offering over 450 retail outlets and 80 eateries and entertainment venues, all overlooking historic Cape Town basins, mountains and an historic harborfront.

Kent was consulted regarding development and marketing of 1,200 residences to be connected to commercial, retail, arts and crafts and entertainment fabric presently in place. Topics included:

  • How the new residential development would interact with existing commercial and crafts areas
  • Vibrancy of public spaces and impacts to residential occupancies and sales velocities
  • Mixing transient and permanent residences
  • Security and access issues resulting from commercial events and activities
  • Marketing to second home clientele from the United Kingdom, France and Germany (with opposite seasons to South Africa)

www.waterfront.co.za


Cashiers Village. Cashiers, North Carolina

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The firm consulted envisioning and planning for a new downtown mixed-use development in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

As part of the work, Kent gave a presentation regarding applicable lessons from Seaside to major landholders and stakeholders within the downtown Cashiers area.


"Brilliant! Captures the soul and spirit of what I’ve envisioned for this place. Thank you…"  Vince Graham, Co-Founder of Cashiers Village (Responding to Kent’s written piece: A day in the life of a Cashiers Village resident)

"Good job. I think you're a born ad man"  Stephen Zoukis, Co-Founder of Cashiers Village (Responding to Kent's written piece: A Day in the Life of a Cashiers Village Resident)

“I wanted to pass on that Bob Bryan (Historical Society and Rotarian that attended) stopped by to day and went on about how great your presentation was. The subtlety of the observations as well as humor used and all else made a great story, he said. I will reproach myself to you for not listening more closely during the meeting. Having just read the paper just now, I am embarrassed at how much I missed. I may excuse myself for, at the time, trying to run the show, and maybe I am a better reader than listener with material like this. It is nothing short of inspiring. Oddly, I would say none of the concepts are terribly complicated and maybe, in fact, obvious to some degree. The irony, of course, is how few development operations come even close to adhering to any of these ‘obvious’ things…”  James Sibley, Founder’s Representative, Cashiers Village LLC (Raven Cliff)


Downtown Riverfront Masterplan. Montgomery, Alabama

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A substantial parcel of downtown riverfront in Alabama’s capital was vacant and Montgomery city leaders were pursuing development of a minor league baseball stadium for the site.

Kent participated with a planning team to create a masterplan for the riverfront weaving multiple developments (the baseball stadium, civic structures, gathering areas, retail, and residential neighborhoods) into a collection of pedestrian-oriented walkable communities.

Kent's contributions included creating written programmatic recommendations for refining and expanding the plan to address the roles of planning elements as platforms for day-to-day social and cultural interaction.


“I am keenly interested in a plan that will add vitality to Alabama’s capital city for generations and act as a catalyst to further continued private development in the downtown area. To this end, the state has an interest in directing certain funds toward this project, depending upon its overall scope and plan. I would like to recommend:

  • That the riverfront planning incorporate this stadium within the context of a larger, comprehensive, development master plan; and
  • That this master plan incorporate a mixed-use, diverse collection of shops, entertainment, hotels, offices, restaurants and residential uses.

Further, I would hope that Christopher Kent be included as a part of the planning and development team to provide outside, specific and needed expertise for this project. I am impressed with his knowledge and enthusiasm and believe he can be of great value in this process.”  Don Siegelman, Governor, State of Alabama

CAKPA received a commendation from the Governor of the State of Alabama for dedication and professionalism as advisor to the Alabama Commerce Commission.


Gaillardia. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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The owners of this highly-successful and prominent club community fully realize that the country club model must change to remain relevant. Kent consulted club operations and general expansion of the masterplan including:

  • Expansion of potential mixed-use and commercial development on contiguous sites
  • Revitalization and redefinition of club activities
  • Club operations management and staffing
  • Expanding club concierge services for Gaillardia residents and club members
  • Design and development of Promenade, a new pedestrian-oriented neighborhood to be integrated within Gaillardia
  • A program for the design of a new Information Office for real estate sales
  • Assisting in creating graphic presentations that describe Promenade and its relationship with existing Gaillardia community amenities and community fabric.

www.gaillardia.com


"Your intellect, your insight, your creativity and your emphasis on results are very, very rare…"  Phil Herrington, Founder


West Flanders. Belgium

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Kent consulted representatives for a branch of the Belgian government (Intermunicipal Associations for Housing Policy, Economic Expansion and Physical Planning) addressing affordable housing programs for the province.

Consulting included strategies for creating public/private partnerships between private developers and government agencies.


Broadclyst. Exeter, United Kingdom

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Kent consulted the envisioning, development and marketing of additional mixed-use development to be added to the existing fabric of an English country village.


Ft. Meade. Florida

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A planning and architectural firm asked Kent to assist the envisioning and creation of a masterplan for annexation of approximately twelve hundred acres into an existing central Florida small town.

The new vision and plan provided for significant growth while respecting the existing context and social fabric of the original town.


Town Center Development Parcel. Orange Beach, Alabama

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Kent created a program for the design of a town center at the intersection of a new expressway and established residential area near the Back Bay of Orange Beach.

 

"We had a well located piece of property but needed to create a story for the site that would bring it alive and help us sell it to end users. Chris Kent created an ambitious, involved and detailed planning program that helped us position the site as a gathering center for Orange Beach. There is no doubt in my mind that Kent’s program helped us in the ultimate valuation and sale of the property." Joe Winkeler, Owners Representative

 

Redevelopment within Central City. New Orleans, Louisiana (Pro Bono)

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CAKPA consulted with preservationists, property owners, community leaders and planners to define a grocery market and it’s positioning within the historic urban fabric of Central City.


"As an attorney and consultant, I have practiced land use law in the State of Louisiana since 1965. In that capacity, I have represented individuals and corporations in varying capacities, with an emphasis on impacting the land use planning process at all levels of government. On behalf of clients I have successfully opposed an Interstate highway through the Vieux Carre, an elevated six-lane bridge through Uptown New Orleans, sponsored the creation of Canal Street as an historic district, represented land owners in numerous expropriation lawsuits, and challenged large scale super stores surrounded by surface parking planned for National Register Districts. I taught preservation law and land use planning at the University of New Orleans’s College of Urban and Public Planning for approximately 10 years and have lectured on land use issues at varying professional conferences around the country…“

I came to know Mr. Kent’s expertise firsthand while representing citizens opposed to an out of scale Albertson’s Supermarket proposed for a historic district adjacent to St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Mr. Kent’s extensive knowledge of traditional land use issues was readily apparent and his public testimony as well as his sage advice assisted my clients in getting the store moved as well as redesigned.”  William E. Borah, Attorney and Counselor at Law, New Orleans, Louisiana

“…Chris Kent – one of the most interesting people I have ever met…”  Virginia McAlester, Co-Author of A Field Guide to American Houses.


Metropolis 2020. Chicago, Illinois (Pro Bono)

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Chicago Metropolis 2020 is an organization of leading civic and business leaders addressing optimal regional planning, infrastructure and other investments to carry Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago forward into the 21st century.

Kent created recommendations for the president/chief executive officer and select staff concerning:

  • Review and critique of organization marketing materials
  • Refining the vision and mission
  • Defining and strengthening the region
  • Creating new supporting marketing materials
  • Demographic and psychographic research
  • Public relations and community outreach techniques and tools


www.metropolisstrategies.org

 

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce. Apalachicola, Florida (Pro Bono)

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Lecture and presentation addressing envisioning, planning and preservation for this historic North Florida town.


“Just wanted to thank you for speaking at our last Chamber meeting…It was a great program and presentation…Thank you also for your honest and frank comments on how we can improve Apalachicola. I am happy to announce that bids are now being accepted for a gazebo and other improvements to Lafayette Park. It’s a great start to establishing our common ground…”  Mason Bean, Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce


Ft. Walton Beach Bridge Authority. Ft. Walton Beach, Florida (Pro Bono)

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Presentation to a transportation committee addressing revitalizing their existing downtown.


“Your words, your tone of voice, the content of your message – will all bear fruit with this area as we move into the next stage of action. It took a while for folks present at the “Transportation Meeting” to get in step with your observations and recommendations – but I was relieved to witness that they caught on – now they understand …that it is all one big whole and one part without the other doesn’t get the job done…”  Laura Wright, Transportation Committee Member

“I can’t tell you when I’ve enjoyed listening to someone speak that is so well informed. I really appreciate you coming before our committee. We should all be able to put things in the proper perspective…”  Peggy Wise, Transportation Committee Member


Mississippi Blues Trail. State of Mississippi (Pro Bono)

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Early in the process of planning the trail, Kent was consulted regarding general structure and execution:

  • Meeting with representatives of the B.B. King museum to determine how the museum could participate with other trail venues
  • Creating a series of recommendations to enhance the trail experience by means of thoughtful physical development, performance programming, educational outreach and economic viability

http://www.msbluestrail.org


“We certainly enjoyed having you with us and, once again, so very much appreciate your willingness to take the time to visit and to provide some assistance for our project…”  Fred Carl, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Viking Range Corporation and past Mississippi Blues Chairman

 

Berlin-Brandenburg Region. Berlin, Germany

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Kent consulted with a developer client (a former Member of Parliament) regarding the development, marketing, social interaction and security relating to refitting new residential and live/work communities within the Berlin-Brandenburg region of reunited Germany.

Elements of this redevelopment included creating arts colonies and other live/work districts to encourage settlement and development of urban areas.


Department of Community Affairs. State of Florida (Pro Bono)

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Contributed to the production of the video “Breaking the Cycle”: How Hazard Mitigation Can End the Costly Repetition of Devastation and Rebuilding that was presented to The Governor’s Hurricane Conference and Regional Post Disaster Redevelopment Workshops.


“Thank you for contributing your expertise in the projection of the video…It has been presented by several DCA representatives at Regional Post Disaster Redevelopment workshops, The Governor’s Hurricane conference and to several other state and federal agencies. The video has been very well received at the meetings as indicated by the numerous requests for copies…”  Douglas Bucks, Division Director, State of Florida Department of Community Affairs

 

State of Alabama and Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. Lincoln, Alabama

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When the Town of Lincoln, Alabama was chosen as a location for a new Honda Motor Company plant, the Alabama state government retained Kent to assist Lincoln officeholders in preparing for significant planning and social changes that would occur as a result.

On behalf of the State, Kent analyzed planning challenges, traffic issues and changes in social fabric, crime and quality of living in municipalities where comparable automobile manufacturing facilities were located at that time. (Honda facilities in Marysville, Ohio; Smyrna, Georgia and Anna, Ohio and the first Saturn plant in Union County, Tennessee).

After compiling this initial data, Kent arranged meetings between government officials in Marysville, Ohio and Maury County, Tennessee and their Lincoln counterparts to share this information and their experiences first-hand.

Kent then created recommendations for the Lincoln officials addressing projected planning and social impacts to their town (a) during construction of the plant (approximately 3 years), and (b) after the plant began operations with permanent autoworker employees.

Those recommendations were followed by a report and recommendations for the creation of a masterplan for the City of Lincoln and its surrounding area.

http://www.hondaalabama.com



Kent received a commendation from the Governor of the State of Alabama for dedication and professionalism as advisor to the Alabama Commerce Commission.

 

Commerce Commission. State of Alabama (Pro Bono)

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Kent worked with the Commerce Commission to address growth management: 

  • Report and recommendations for the Land Planning Committee of the Commerce Commission to manage future growth

  • Lecture and presentation to the Commerce Commission (Programming and Masterplanning to Mitigate Urban Sprawl)

  • Lecture and presentation at a Governor’s Conference on Smart Growth and Brownfields Redevelopment Conference (The Practical Side of Smart Growth - a Developers Primer)


Kent received a commendation from the Governor of the State of Alabama for dedication and professionalism as advisor to the Alabama Commerce Commission.

 

Historic Post Office. Pt. Washington, Florida

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Assisted an architectural firm and local volunteers pursuing protection of a historic local post office in Northwest Florida.