Geoff Koski & Ken Bleakly Join Consultants, Design Professionals in Brunswick for CNU Charrette

Bleakly Advisory Group's President, Geoff Koski, and founder, Ken Bleakly, participated in workshops in Brunswick, GA at the beginning of March hosted by the City of Brunswick and the Congress for the New Urbanism. The workshops engaged Brunswick residents about the challenges and potentials for revitalizing the Norwich Street corridor, and gave context to recommendations by the consulting team.

 Map of the proposed nodes of focus from the charrette. Source: CNU Savannah.

Map of the proposed nodes of focus from the charrette. Source: CNU Savannah.

These recommendations focused on adding more affordable housing along the corridor, repurposing existing vacant structures, and identifying commercial spaces where businesses could potentially prosper. Unifying all of these recommendations is a re-design of Norwich Street to add more trees, connected sidewalks, and a separated cycle-track. This new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure would better link Downtown Brunswick to the College of Coastal Georgia to the North and Selden Park to the Northwest, crucial connections for successful revitalization downtown.

 Potential road re-design for Norwich Street. Source: CNU Savannah.

Potential road re-design for Norwich Street. Source: CNU Savannah.

 Conceptual drawing of a re-designed Norwich Street. Source: CNU Savannah.

Conceptual drawing of a re-designed Norwich Street. Source: CNU Savannah.

In addition to CNU and the Bleakly Advisory Group, the consulting team consisted of Kronberg Wall Architects and the Georgia Conservancy from Atlanta, and Symbiocity, a Savannah-based firm, among others. CNU Conducts these workshops each year in advance of its annual Congress, held this year in Savannah. Bleakly Advisory Group received a coveted Charter Award last year at CNU 25 in Seattle for our work on the Westside Land-Use Action Plan. CNU 26 in Savannah will run from May 16th-19th.