We completed BBRP over the course of 2011 at the request of Mayor Brown to add some private sector perspective to the downtown development process. Our BBRP volunteers - more than 30 developers, tenants, landlords, academics, public officials, and real estate agents- considered both the possibilities and the challenges facing downtown.
Downtown has both an oversupply of commercial space and growing demand for residential units, so our volunteers recommended an aggressive conversion strategy to transition older commerical buildings into residential space. BBRP outlines several steps to help that happen, ranging from zoning and permitting changes, to targeted public investments, to creating a lead agency with the purpose of helping developers accelerate downtown projects.
Mayor Brown responded favorably to BBRP, committing to seeing the recommendations through and announcing a multimillion dollar investment to fund necessary improvements.
You can read much more below:
- BBRP final report
- An email Andrew Rudnick sent to our membership about BBRP earlier today
- Business First's in-depth review of BBRP