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Mobile Tours

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Beyond the Façade | 1.5 CM | $15 

This walking tour of downtown Kalamazoo will highlight “before” and “after” empty 19th century upper floors, perfect for urban exploration, contrasted with redeveloped living and working spaces. Learn the history of these spaces, and explore their rehabilitation possibilities. Hear obstacles that may stand in the way of such a future. This innovative approach helps people understand the importance of historic preservation and showcases the potential of underutilized upper floors (Please note: not all spaces are barrier free.) | Sharon Ferraro, City of Kalamazoo


Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Bronson Healthy Living Campus: Leveraging Success from Anchor Institutions | 2.0 CM | $15

Over the past several years, three of Kalamazoo’s key anchor institutions have invested heavily in redevelopment efforts south of downtown focusing on health care, education, and local food. Home to a new campus for the community college, a new medical school, and a growing hospital site, over 6,500 employees, students, instructors, and staff work and learn in this part of Kalamazoo each day. Both the public and private sector have responded positively to these developments, leveraging the millions of dollars invested by the institutions into a potential game-changing extension of the downtown. This walking tour will explore the new Healthy Living Campus and some of its innovative facilities while highlighting the local food sourcing nexus, the public and private improvements and projects that have occurred or are proposed, and the transferable lessons learned. Wear your walking shoes - this tour begins with a 45-minute walk! | Rebekah Kik, City of Kalamazoo; Greg Milliken, AICP, Bronson Healthcare Group


Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Northern Lights… Bright Spots in Redevelopment of the Northside of Town | 2.0 AIC P CM | $25

Aging commercial and manufacturing buildings on the east end of the Northside Neighborhood were vacant or  underutilized for years until the economic development efforts and market trends caught the attention of the private development community. Now, this area’s new multi-tenant commercial projects, live-work space, and retail businesses are shining a bright light on other areas of the Northside Neighborhood, which have even more growth potential. Experience the reuse of a bulk oil storage facility, industrial metal fabrication operation, old factory, and warehouses. This walking tour also offers a beer sampling (1-2) at its conclusion. | Robert Bauckham, AICP, City of Kalamazoo; Peter Eldridge, AICP, City of Kalamazoo | David Lemberg, AICP, Western Michigan University

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Agriculture and Community Character: Agriculture is one Showcase in Southwest Michigan | 2.5 CM | $35 

Agriculture is the fabric connecting development centers across Michigan. Residents and visitors interact with agricultural concepts through tourism, daily activity, and recreation. Learn about some of Southwest Michigan’s unique agricultural relationships as you tour a winery, discuss the evolving trends in local farmers’ markets, and visit an overnight camp for underprivileged kids that teaches farm to table concepts alongside traditional camp activities. This bus tour includes wine tasting and snacks. | Becky Harvey, AICP, Harvey Consulting; Catherine Kaufman, AICP, Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC; Mark Longstroth, MSUE; Paulie Cohen, Pretty Lake Camp; Emily Beutel, Texas Township Farmers’ Market

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Bicycle Tour - Transforming the Stereotype: Non-Motorized Options for Suburban Living | 2.0 AIC P CM | Bring Your Own Bike: $25 | Rent a Bike: $40

This leisurely guided 9-mile bicycle tour involves a suburban community’s effort to plan, design, and build non-motorized modes of transportation. This tour will go through parts of the South Central Portage Greenway (four contiguous parks totaling 300 acres). We will see examples that connect people to places via multi-use trails and bike lanes in the city’s newest 1.6-mile trail financed in part with Transportation Alternative Program funds. Stops include the Eliason Nature Reserve, Celery Flats Historical Area, proposed Portage Road “road diet” study area, and the Garden Lane Water Treatment Facility. Bring your own bike one or rent one. Round Trip transportation from the Radisson Hotel to tour site provided. | Megan Arndt, Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study; Kendra Gwin, P.E, City of Portage; Christopher Forth, AIC P, City of Portage

Friday, October 28, 2016 | 9:45 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

Western Michigan University - Looking Back and Looking Forward | 2.5 CM | $25

Western Michigan University, the regional research university in Southwestern Michigan, is well equipped with cutting edge technologies and facilities to assist planners and historic preservationists by providing data and research. Learn about these resources and about best planning practices implemented by the university. Heritage Hall, the first building on campus in 1904, is now the University’s Alumni Center, after a $24 million renovation. Learn how the Zhang Legacy Collections Center, the home of the WMU Archives and Regional History Collection, can assist your local preservation project. The W.E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change has some of the most advanced map and document scanning facilities in the United States. Learn about the benefits of the Solar Garden, installed by Consumers Power.| David Lemberg, AICP, Western Michigan University


Friday, October 28, 2016 | 9:45 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

Linking Planning, Environment and Complete Streets in Downtown Kalamazoo | 1.5 CM | $15

This walking tour will look at the one-way pair of Michigan and Kalamazoo Avenue, running through the heart of downtown and linking Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and the Kalamazoo River. Sparked by a recent charrette led by Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) and funded by Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), MDOT has started a Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) study for the potential reconstruction/rehabilitation of this corridor. Participants will learn about the earlier charrette results while observing the corridor first hand. Learn about the PEL process and complete streets implementation, as well as recent federal emphasis on environmental justice and the new federal program “Ladders of Opportunity”, which seeks to connect areas that have been disconnected by our transportation choices. | Matt Johnson, City of Kalamazoo; Jason Latham, MDOT; Steve Stepek, AICP, Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study

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