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The Historic Bottoms and North Highlands Planning Studies in Murfreesboro, Tennessee were designed to enhance and strengthen the downtown area, its surrounding historical neighborhoods, and the major transportation corridors of commerce that connect through the heart of the city. The planning studies encompass the historic square and overlap with parts of the Middle Tennessee State University's campus. The studies also address State Route 41, which has bisected the core of downtown from surrounding growth and development opportunities. RaganSmith coordinated these planning studies to create a vision of an expanded and reconnected downtown area that bridges land use, transportation and public space, and encourages a mixture of new development opportunities for underutilized properties. The plans received unanimous approval from public stakeholders including the Planning Commission and City Council, and have been adopted as policy for a major portion of the downtown area and surrounding districts. Most importantly, the plans provided leverage for the implementation of revised design codes for the downtown area, encouraged a mixed use, high density project and residential redevelopment near the city square, and spurred additional planning and design efforts to reshape road networks and public spaces in Murfreesboro.

Services provided as part of these planning studies:

    • Comprehensive Planning and Land Use
    • Development Patterns and Design Recommendations
    • Community Input Tools and Visioning Workshops
    • Implementation Tools
    • Recommended Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements
    • Multimodal Bicycle and Pedestrian Connections
    • Art and Entertainment District and Cultural Recommendations
    • Economic Market Recommendations
    • Downtown Revitalization
    • Design and Planning for Park, Open Space and Public Space