A new Technical Assistance Panel – or TAP – released by ULI Washington has found that public private partnerships can be used catalyze redevelopment and set the Town of Indian Head on a path to economic vitality and growth.
The report, titled “Economic Development Opportunities in Indian Head” documents the findings of a panel of a panel of eight ULI members who were convened September 20-21, 2016 to address barriers to economic growth that have resulted in a significant decline in commercial and residential development in the Town of Indian Head.
Indian Head is an independent municipality in Charles County, Md., about 30 miles south of Washington, D.C., that sits on a narrow peninsula between the Potomac River and Mattawoman Creek at the end of Indian Head Highway (MD 210). The Town borders Naval Support Facility Indian Head (NSFIH), a military installation that has been a driver of the Town’s economy, and also features an array of public spaces and waterfront access, along with a black box theatre.
The study area took into account the entire Town of Indian head and proposed a redevelopment framework for the uptown and downtown sections of Indian Head as well as concepts for connecting these sites with each other and with other Town amenities, and promoting access to the natural environment.
Panelists found that market conditions in Indian Head do not generally support private development of either commercial or residential space. Instead creative solutions and public-private partnerships will be necessary to spur growth. As a result the panel recommended a three-pronged approach to diversify the elements that will form the foundation of future economic development including the development of an Innovation Center; creating a recreation and eco-tourism identity; and targeted infrastructure improvements to foster pedestrian activity and a Main Street feel.
Regarding the report and findings of the Technical Assistance Panel, Town of Indian Head Mayor Brandon Paulin remarked:
“The ULI process was phenomenal. I knew the report was going to be great so when I received the report I can’t say that I was super surprised with how thorough it was. This report is something I think the Town Of Indian Head can run with and start implementing the recommendations right away. I want to thank everyone involved in this process, you have taken steps to help revitalize Indian Head.”
You can find the full TAP report here.
The eight members who compromised the Technical Assistance Panel included:
- Panel Chair: David Kitchens, Cooper Carry
- Daniel Anderton, Dewberry
- Agnès Artemel, Artemel & Associates
- Martine Combal, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development
- Sukirti Ghosh, Rhodeside & Harwell
- Darren Smith, Traipse
- Michael Stevens, Capitol Riverfront BID
- Kyle Talente, RKG Associates
About the Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Program
The objective of ULI Washington’s Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) program is to provide expert, multidisciplinary advice on land use and real estate issues facing public agencies and nonprofit organizations in the Metropolitan Washington Region. Drawing from its extensive membership base, ULI Washington conducts one and one-half day panels offering objective and responsible advice to local decision-makers on a wide variety of land use and real estate issues, ranging from site-specific projects to public policy questions. The TAP program is intentionally flexible to provide a customized approach to specific land use and real estate issues. Learn more at http://washington.uli.org/TAPs.
About ULI Washington
ULI Washington is a district council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit education and research organization supported by its members. Founded in 1936, the Institute today has over 30,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use planning and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better communities.
ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Washington carries out the ULI mission locally by sharing best practices, building consensus, and advancing solutions through educational programs and community outreach initiatives.
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