Reception for Urban Land Institute kicks off a week of discussions on downtown’s future

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Design experts from the Urban Land Institute will arrive in St. Petersburg Monday for a week of meetings with leaders and community stakeholders about developing a Downtown Waterfront Master Plan for guiding growth and preservation.

A public reception is scheduled for Monday, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel. The meet-and-greet kicks off the series of discussions with arts organizations, sports leaders, representatives from USF St. Pete, business owners and neighborhood groups.

On Friday, at 8 a.m., the design experts will conclude their visit and issue their recommendations during a second meeting at the Vinoy Hotel.

In August, the city surveyed 240 residents who attended a community meeting at USF St. Pete. People were asked to share what they value about downtown and how they imagine the area in the future.

According to a press release, the Urban Land Institute regularly assists communities in envisioning their futures. It has organized more than 600 similar panels since 1947 to “focus on practices for quality, sustainable and livable development. “

In the Tampa Bay area, experts from the Urban Land Institute have helped with planning in downtown Tampa and along the Hillsborough River, as well as in Pasco County, Bradenton, Manatee County and on Longboat Key.