Project Category: Conceptual
Project Name: [Re]thinking
Length of Design Effort & Date of Completion: January-April (4
months), Completed May 2, 2013
Bou-Ghannam, Johan Andres Bueno, KristinaGayle Bunyi, Viviana Castro, Craig
Handley Jr., Laura Snider, University of Florida
Faculty Advisor: Kevin
Longwood was established in 1875 as a winter
retreat town. Despite many singularly working elements, the sum of Longwood
leaves much to be desired in terms of program, culture, and aesthetics. The
unsuccessful occupancy of Longwood is expressed through its vacant shops, homes
for sale, poorly maintained single family units, and unfilled parking spaces.
The shell of a city that appears to have been built mostly as an afterthought
to the two major roads, Ronald Reagan Blvd and SR434, offers little opportunity
for comfort, connectivity, and community for the user. Although Longwood is
passed daily by many commuters, there is no presence, place, or cohesive
identity. The introduction of a
new commuter Sun Rail station proposes an opportunity for citywide
redevelopment and a chance for Longwood to tap into its potential as a working,
and financially vibrant city.
potential for connectivity is fragmented by its orientation toward the motor
vehicle. We have proposed a bifurcation of Ronald Reagan Blvd and a linear
development that will form a network of successful nodes and corridors. Instead
of developing from a central core, we chose important axes that would provide incentives
for the user to move throughout the site, creating a framework that will serve
the existing Longwood residents as well as new users.
to create manageable areas for planners and developers to begin development, we
established districts to appeal to a broader spectrum of current and potential
citizens and broke our proposal into three phases. Phase 1 identifies Church
Street and Jessup as critical east-west links across Longwood running past the
Sun Rail station.
Expanding across Longwood via Church and Jessup links the
station with South Seminole Hospital, Reiter Park, and Longwood’s civic
buildings to the West and addresses the low-income neighborhoods to the East
where a new Longwood Park will be established. Phase 2 emphasizes a north-south
development along Milwee St., Oleander St., and Ronald Reagan Blvd. connecting
phase 1 with SR434. Phase 3 develops Warren Ave. and SR434 is extend Longwood’s
services past the 10 minute walking radius.
was designated in relation to walkable radii. Our method was to determine which
services needed to be more readily available within a 5 minute walk, and which
services would be worth walking a longer distance within a ten minute circle.
These program circles would then repeat and overlap themselves according to the
linear growth that we have proposed and activate the bottom level of
The goal for Longwood is to establish a mixed-use development
strategy which various from phase to phase. Phase one would be the densest
development consisting of retail for the first floor, office in the second floor,
and residential above. Retail, office, and residential unit space changes also
depending on the phase.
services Longwood will provide are meant to satisfy the needs of the current
residents and future residents alike. The goal is to make the streets more
walkable therefore activating the street scape. The redevelopment also calls to
establish services that will help current residents, especially the older
population, with education about computers and anything the residents might
need that will allow them to be more informed about the redevelopment of their
In order to fight
gentrification and allow the current residents of Longwood the opportunity to
have a say in how their city redevelops, the redevelopment strategy will leave
designated "flex spaces” where the city is open to interpretation in how to
Forms can vary and densities can go from mixed-use to single family
housing—the point is to have the residents and developers of Longwood to work
off the model this project is establishing but allow them to develop those flex
spaces in a more natural way that will hopefully be more indicative of the
culture and social fabric that Longwood holds. Through this type of
redevelopment, the project is facilitating development that promotes a
healthier social fabric and a stronger sense of community, paramount to the
future growth of Longwood.
Lathrop, Principle, ASLA; LEED AP, Dix.Lathrop
& Associates, Inc.
Omana, Vice President/Associate, CPH
Kintner, AICP, City