Todd J. Poole
Todd Poole is president, founder, and managing principal of 4ward Planning Inc., with more than 25 years of economic development experience, both as a private sector consultant and a public sector practitioner. Specifically, Todd has extensive experience in the following areas: comprehensive and master planning, transit-oriented development, economic and fiscal impact analysis, regional transportation planning, redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization, park and trail revenue analysis, adaptive reuse, and development advisory.
Park & Trail Planning
Redevelopment & Neighborhood Revitilizarion
Regional Transportation Planning
Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis
Comprehensive Master Planning
Development AdvisoryTodd is in the process of completing a financial feasibility analysis on mixed-use development projects within the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, on behalf of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the City of Kalamazoo. Todd and his team recently completed a real estate and economic analysis, on behalf of Somerset County, New Jersey, to illustrate opportunities in the County’s 23 identified Priority Growth Investment Areas (PGIAs). Recently, he assisted the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Downtown Development Authority with an examination of the highest and best uses for its five separate development parcels. This effort included market, financial, and fiscal impact analyses. Todd currently provides the City of Hoboken with real estate development and market analysis advisory services, in support of proposed multi-family residential, mixed-use development projects. Todd has also served as redevelopment consultant to the Borough of Lawnside, New Jersey, in support of a proposed $250 million mixed-use, transit-oriented development adjacent to I-295 and the Woodcrest Speedline (SEPTA). Previously, Todd performed a preliminary analysis of the prospective market feasibility for a new lifestyle center to be located along U.S. Route 1, within the Avenel section of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey.
Adaptive ReuseTodd was engaged by the Borough of Beaver, Pennsylvania, to provide market and financial modeling analysis in support of the adaptive reuse of the former Beaver Passenger Station. Recently, Todd performed an economic impact and adaptive reuse feasibility analysis study to assist Preservation Pittsburgh in determining future reuse options for the Civic Arena (the former Mellon Arena).
Park & Trail PlanningTodd and his team identified recreational and revenue-generating opportunities, prospective maintenance and operational costs, non-market value public benefits, and best practices for the Milliken State Park and Harbor, located in Detroit, Michigan. He also provided similar services to Warren County, New Jersey, for the Morris Canal Greenway. Todd’s other park projects include economic and fiscal analysis services to the Newark Downtown Core Redevelopment Corporation for the proposed Triangle Park, located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. He also evaluated the potential revenues of proposed riverfront amenities to be included in the Beale Street Landing development project in Memphis, Tennessee. Todd provided an analysis of park amenities and features that would generate park patronage and revenue for the 100-acre Hinton Park in Collierville, Tennessee
Redevelopment & Neighborhood RevitilizarionTodd and his team completed a socio-economic, real estate, and economic and fiscal impact analysis for the Eastern Market project located in Detroit, Michigan. He provided socio-economic, real estate, and financial analysis in support of sustainably repositioning Hunting Park West Industrial Area Study, an approximate 400-acre former industrial area in north Philadelphia. Todd also assisted the City of Hoboken in evaluating the market feasibility and associated fiscal and facility needs impacts of its Western Edge Redevelopment Planning Area.
Regional Transportation PlanningTodd is currently providing on-call socio-economics, labor and industry, real estate, and fiscal and economic impact analyses consulting services to both the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) and the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. Todd recently led a team that developed a project investment evaluation model for PennDOT, which will allow the agency to evaluate relative economic impacts of surface transportation infrastructure improvement projects (highway, bridge, tunnel, rail, etc.) throughout the Commonwealth.
Economic & Fiscal Impact AnalysisTodd continues to manage his team in the provision of economic impact analysis services for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and PennDOT, concerning capital investments and long-term transportation plans. Todd has also led numerous economic impact studies for municipalities, non-profits, and developers.
Transit-Oriented DevelopmentTodd recently completed a TOD analysis in support of expanded street car service in Broward County, Florida. Additionally, he provided a real estate market analysis of transit-oriented development along BRT corridors for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). He also provided real estate market analysis services to Morris County in support of the New Jersey 124 Corridor Transit Access Improvement Study. Todd’s other TOD-related projects include a real estate market analysis for New Jersey Transit's Garwood station and adjacent areas, illustrating the effect of land-use strategy on local government revenue and municipal service costs. In 2010, Todd evaluated TOD opportunities for seven prospective sites along the Pittsburgh West Busway bus rapid transit (BRT) line. In 2012, he performed a series of market and financial analyses in support of the Willow Grove commuter rail station relocation project feasibility study.
Comprehensive Master PlanningCurrently, Todd is engaged with Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, providing market analysis in support of an update to the County’s comprehensive plan. He recently led a team which completed a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) on behalf of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Additionally, Todd offered demographic and market analysis services to the cities of Mount Lebanon and Murrysville, Pennsylvania, in support of their respective comprehensive plans. Todd also managed his team in the provision of a market, financial, and fiscal impact analysis supporting the 400-acre Hunting Park West former industrial area in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 4ward Planning provided the demographic, real estate, and fiscal impact analysis in support of the development of the master plan for a new, 180-acre mixed-use residential, retail, and entertainment district in Jeffersonville, Indiana
“Todd was outstanding to work with and he did an excellent job on our U.S. 219 Economic and Community Impact Analysis! His overall efficiency, cost management and attention to detail really helped us navigate this important regional project.”