Jeff Speck will be returning to Pensacola this week to start to develop the best process to assure community input and to outline the best practice steps in creating a master plan for the vacant parcels at the Community Maritime Park as well as the 19-acres former ECUA site.

With the Studers’ recent 18-month lease of the Maritime Park parcels, a master plan combining those properties on both sides of Main Street became a reality and a necessity.

“Many of the CivicCon speakers from the past year have emphasized the importance of connected development, and one of the greatest challenges for the Maritime Park and the ECUA site is that prospective investors want to know what is the current plan?” said Quint Studer, who is funding the master plan privately, at no expense to the City of Pensacola.

“To help us create a plan the fits the community and maximizes the opportunity we opted to bring in an expert, as we have with other projects, to help us create a plan,” said Studer. “Our goal is for Jeff and his team to engage the community in a process that builds a plan for these Main Street properties that enhances them and everything around them.”

Speck will be in Pensacola later this week to begin fact-finding research on the project. The primary goal of his early work is to review and investigate the property, learn more about any environmental issues, zoning, and other land planning requirements.  As part of Speck’s research, he will be meeting with the City Council as well.

“This is the first step of many that will be taken over the next 18 months,” Studer added. “Along the way, community members will have many opportunities to play a part in the development of a master plan as well as learn from Jeff Speck and other experts.

Speck, author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At A Time, is an internationally-known expert on walkability and urban design. With design experts Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls “the urbanist’s bible.”