Mountain Brook, Alabama
The project site in Mountain Brook Village took 10 years to build. It’s home to diverse programming including retail, hospitality, and multi-family residential. Landmarks like the Woodland Park Trail, the Botanical Gardens, Mountain Brook Village proper surround the area.
The project required the expertise of many professionals ranging from urban planners, historic consultants, traffic analysts, civil engineers, and landscapers, among others.
The project site is arguably the most sought-after community in the state. However, it was the most controversial location encountered by the design team. Challenges included politics and resident opposition which demanded extraordinary levels of resilience, persistence, and tenacity.
The spirit behind the project is the Ownership which has been in the same family for three generations. Each generation has improved the land to satisfy the community’s needs with the use of their land. This location is a source of pride for the entire community, especially for the landowners themselves.
The project required the expertise of many professionals ranging from urban planners, historic consultants, traffic analysts, civil engineers, and landscapers, among others. The design team oversaw the development of the concept, the elaboration of highly detailed design principles, and the crucial development of the Planned Urban Development. The PUD contained stringent guidelines obtained from meticulous analysis of existing context, countless interviews, and stakeholder meetings.
The City of Mountain Brook reviewed and adopted the PUD, ushering in the expansion of the historic Mountain Brook Village district. The streets now belong to the City and the PUD imposes the guidelines for how the site can progress into the future. It’s impressive how this project overcame various obstacles to become a tangible legacy.