Mermaid Lake Master Plan
S. Whitehall Twp Comp Plan
Bensalem Comp Plan
Chester Co. Recovery Plan
American Thread Mill Analysis
Moores Station Quarry
Clinton Market Collective
Allegheny Land Trust TDR
Farmingdale EIA and FIA
Linfield Village Master Plan
Kennett Square Library EIA
Freeport Market Study & FIA
Brentwood Sewer Feasibility
E. Warren-Cadieux Econ Dev Plan
Coatesville Econ Dev Study
Maple Hts./Southgate TLCI
Penn Township Comp Plan
Wyomissing Master Plan
W. Conshohocken Vision Plan
TCRP Joint Dev. Guidebook
Riverfront 47 Master Plan
SCCOG Fiscal Impact Analysis
College Township Zoning
Greene County Comp Plan
Patchogue Market Study
Conemaugh Watershed Impact Analysis
Perry County Economic Value of Open Space
Bank of America Building
Great Lakes Maritime Center Market Study
Altoona Comprehensive Plan
Beale Street Landing Riverfront Park
Beaver Train Station Adaptive Reuse Plan
Brookfield Four Corners Revitalization Plan
Brookfield Housing Study
Canal Street Master Plan
Heidelberg, Carnegie, and Scott Township Comprehensive Plan
Hill District Centre Avenue Redevelopment Design Plan
Hinton Park Master Plan
Historic Glen Furn Reuse Strategy
Hoboken Development Advisory Services
Hunterdon County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
Hunting Park West Industrial Area Study
Indiana Community University District Market Analysis
Jersey City Arena Economic Impact Analysis
Lackawanna-Luzerne LRTP Economic Impact Model
Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan
Lehigh Valley Return on the Environment
Matrix Building Market Study & Impact Analysis
Mercer County Community College Capital Planning
Mellon Square Economic Impact Analysis
Meriden TOD Market Analysis
Milliken State Park & Harbor
Millington Quarry Sustainable Reuse Project
Monmouth County Corridor Analysis
Morris Canal 25-Year Master Plan
Morris County Freight Infrastructure and Land Use Analysis
Mount Lebanon Comprehensive Plan
McGinley Square-Montgomery Corridor Mobility Study
Murrysville Comprehensive Plan
Nash County Poultry Plant Economic Impact Analysis
Next Generation BRT
NJ 124 Transit Access Improvement Study
North Kingston Community-Wide Market Analysis
Northern NJ Multi-County Economic Analysis
New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program
Oakland 2025 Community Plan
Pennsylvania LRTP Economic Impact Model
Parkway Avenue Redevelopment Plan
Paterson Northside Community Action Plan
PennDOT Surface Transportation Infrastructure Economic Impact Analysis
Pennsylvania Long-Range Transportation Plan & Freight Study
Pittsburgh West Busway TOD Plan
Project Momentum Economic Impact Analysis
ProvPort Economic Impact Analysis
RhodeMap Rhode Island
River Station Mixed-Use Economic Development Strategy
Schuylkill River Region Trail Cursory Demographic Analysis
Route 37 Corridor Revitalization Plan
Somerset County Investment Strategy
South Bethlehem Eastern Gateway Market Study
SPC On-Call Planning & Economic Consulting Service
Speak Up Broward County
St. Peter's Village Market Study
Berks County Return on Environment
Tri-Cities Area Multimodal Station Study
Triangle Park Master Plan
US 219 Economic & Community Impact Analysis
US Routes 1 & 9 Corridor Study
Waterbury Naugatuck Greenway Extension Phase I
West 25th Street Housing Study
Western Edge Redevelopment Area
Wickford Junction Market Study & Transfer of Development Rights Analysis
Willow Grove Train Station Relocation Feasibility Study
West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit Economic Analysis
Yorklyn Village Market Study & Economic Analysis
Exploring Main Street
Bensalem TOD Redevelopment Analysis
Coalport Market Study
Collier Comprehensive Plan
Kennett Square Economic Development Study
Bensalem TDR Analysis
Kalamazoo Development Advisory Services
Fair Lawn Avenue Corridor
Webster Street Block
New Stanton Comprehensive Planning Study
Cranberry Township Economic Impact Analysis
Whitemarsh Township Riverfront Plan
PTC Western PA Economic Impact Study
DGS Annex Reuse Analysis
Stafford Township Housing Market Analysis
Tri-COG Business District Analysis
NJ Transit Corridor Planning On-Call
Long Beach Superblock Mixed-Use Development Study
Old Brooklyn TOD Feasibility Study
Asbury Park Master Plan
Dauphin County Economic Value of Open Space
South Orange Redevelopment Financial Advisory
Morristown Advisory Services
NOACA TOD Scorecard
Lakewood Hospital Redevelopment Study
Monaca EPA Brownfields Market Analysis
WRTC Market Study & Financial Feasibility Analysis
Camden County Trail Planning
Saugatuck TOD Market Study
Westtown Fiscal Impact Analysis
Thompsonville TOD Study
Irishtown Bend Redevelopment Plan
Uwchlan Township Market Study
Darien Noroton Heights Train Station Study
Cortland Downtown Revitalization
Hicksville TOD Market Study
Wallington Market & Fiscal Impact Analysis
Village of Patchogue Revitalization Economic Impact Analysis
Ann Arbor Market Study
Central Islip Sewer Study
Crawford County Housing Plan
Fayette County Comp Plan
Franklin Twp Advisory
Kalamazoo Dev. Advisory
MetroHealth Housing Study
Morrisville Economic Analysis
Norristown State Hospital
Braddock, East Pittsburgh, North Braddock Joint Comp Plan
NJ Transit BIke and Ped
NJ Transit Corridor Planning
Potter Township Park Revenue Analysis
Thompsonville TOD Study
Village of Patchogue EIA
Yorklyn Village Advisory
Mermaid Lake Master PlanHaving purchased the 63.5-acre Mermaid Lake site in August 2020, Whitpain Township, located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, hired the team led by Simone Collins Landscape Architecture to help create the Mermaid Lake Master Plan, laying the groundwork for the reinvention of this new public park space. 4ward Planning is providing market and revenue-generation analyses in support of this effort.
S. Whitehall Twp Comp Plan4ward Planning was hired by South Whitehall Township, in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, to provide fiscal impact analysis services in support of the Township’s comprehensive plan update. Additionally, 4ward Planning provided a webinar presentation on post-Covid-19 land-use impacts and their implications on the Township’s comprehensive plan.
Bensalem Comp PlanSeeking to update its 2002 Comprehensive Plan, the Township of Bensalem, Pennsylvania hired the team led by Pennoni Associates to assist with this update. 4ward Planning is providing market and real estate analyses in support of this effort.
Chester Co. Recovery PlanGiven the unprecedented economic disruption to national and regional economies, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chester County, Pennsylvania hired 4ward Planning to work collaboratively with its Economic Cabinet to develop an economic recovery planning strategy that will offer constructive guidance to 21 predetermined business and organizational sectors within Chester County. Specifically, 4ward Planning will assist the County in identifying several short-term actions which will help each sector expedite its recovery – in terms of employment, business income, and patronage. This effort will underpin the County's Restore Chester County Action Steps initiative.
American Thread Mill Analysis4ward Planning has been hired to perform a market study in support of the proposed adaptive reuse of the historical American Thread Mill building - located in the Willimantic portion of the Town of Windham, Connecticut - into multi-family residential housing units.
Millcreek Redevelopment4ward Planning was hired by Millcreek Township to provide market analysis, financial feasibility analysis, fiscal impact analysis, and community outreach in support of development of its Millcreek Corridors Redevelopment Plan. The analysis will reflect and leverage current and prospective economic assets and strengths within Millcreek Township, while affording measures to reverse or mitigate the area’s liabilities and weaknesses.
Moores Station QuarryScheduled to cease quarrying activities later this year, the Moores Station Quarry in Mercer County, New Jersey, will be reclaimed as public property. Consequently, the Mercer County Park Commission hired the team led by Simone Collins and including 4ward Planning to assist the County in developing a Master Plan for the creation of an inviting community space.
Clinton Market CollectiveAs part of a $10 million New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award to the City of Albany, its Clinton Square neighborhood was offered funding for 12 transformational projects. One of these projects, spearheaded by Capitalize Albany Corporation, is the reinvention of a small, currently underutilized public space historically known as Federal Park. Subsequently, Capitalize Albany Corporation hired the professional engineering and design team headed by PLACE Alliance Northeast and including 4ward Planning to guide the design and construction of this important gateway into downtown Albany.
Fulton DRICameron Engineering & Associates commissioned 4ward Planning to conduct a market study in support of the development of the City of Fulton’s Downtown Management and Implementation Strategy. This market study analyzed socio-economic, and labor and industry trends to understand near- and long-term regional demand drivers and identify market-receptive land uses within Fulton’s downtown study area. Market study findings served as a powerful tool for identifying potential investment projects within the study area.
Allegheny Land Trust TDRAllegheny Land Trust (ALT) has identified the following nine City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods for assessment of redevelopment needs, zoning analysis, and other analytic work: Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Brighton Heights, Garfield, Hays, Hazelwood, Homewood, Larimer and Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar. ALT hired 4ward Planning to lead this engagement and be principally responsible for all market, financial feasibility, fiscal, and TDR analytical work.
Farmingdale EIA and FIAThe Long Island Regional Planning Council hired 4ward Planning to perform economic and fiscal impact analyses for the Village of Farmingdale.
Linfield Village Master PlanIn support of the Linfield Village Master Plan, Simone Collins hired 4ward Planning to conduct a market study of the Linfield Village project area, located in Limerick Township, Pennsylvania.
Kennett Square Library EIA4ward Planning was retained by the Borough of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to estimate the potential economic impact the new library will have on the Borough and the region.
Freeport Market Study & FIA4ward Planning was hired to provide market and fiscal impact analyses for the Village of Freeport, Long Island, and the proposed lodging facility to be located within Freeport’s Nautical Mile.
Brentwood Sewer FeasibilityIn collaboration with Cameron Engineering, 4ward Planning is providing market and financial feasibility analysis services to Suffolk County in support of the revitalization of the unsewered commercial portions of downtown Brentwood, New York.
E. Warren-Cadieux Econ Dev PlanServing on a team led by OHM Advisors, 4ward Planning is providing market analysis, financial modelling, and strategic project recommendations in support of Detroit's East Warren-Cadieux neighborhood economic revitalization plan.
Coatesville Econ Dev StudyIn collaboration with Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates (SGA), 4ward Planning is providing market and financial analysis services in support of the City of Coatesville, the Borough of South Coatesville, and Valley Township’s Multi-Municipal Economic Development Study. The purpose of the plan is to assess land areas within the City of Coatesville, South Coatesville, and Valley Township that provide opportunity for substantive business attraction, identify suitable business sectors, and develop a multi-municipal strategy with priorities and action steps to recruit said business types to the region.
Maple Hts./Southgate TLCIThe purpose of the Southgate Connectivity Study was to develop integrated multimodal transportation and economic development strategies to revitalize the Southgate USA commercial area in the City of Maple Heights, Ohio. The study capitalized on the recent momentum of the Amazon Fulfillment Center development, located one mile north of Southgate. 4ward Planning was hired to provide market and economic impact analysis services in support of this study.
Penn Township Comp Plan4ward Planning was hired by Penn Township, in southwestern Pennsylvania, to provide market and fiscal impact analyses in support of its Comprehensive Plan Update.
Wyomissing Master PlanThe team of 4ward Planning and Stromberg/Garrigan and Associates (SGA) provided market and zoning analysis services to Wyomissing Borough (in Berks County, PA) in support of the Master Plan Study for the Penn Avenue and Park/North Park Road corridors, and the Berkshire Heights area of the Borough.
W. Conshohocken Vision Plan4ward Planning provided market and real estate analysis services to the Borough of West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, in support of the West Conshohocken Vision Plan.
TCRP Joint Dev. GuidebookRecognizing the need for a comprehensive document helping the country's transportation agencies achieve development-related objectives through strong public-private partnerships, the national Transportation Research Board (TCRP) hired a team - led by AECOM and supported by 4ward Planning - to develop such a guidebook.
Riverfront 47 Master PlanServing on a team with Balmori Associates, 4ward Planning provided revenue generation analysis services in support of the Riverfront 47 Park, Trail, and Open Space Master Plan.
SCCOG Fiscal Impact AnalysisThe Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) hired 4ward Planning to prepare a fiscal impact analysis of land uses in southeastern Connecticut, which allows its diverse municipalities to evaluate changes to land-use policies that might expand opportunities for residential development.
College Township ZoningAs part of a team led by Simone Collins, 4ward Planning provided land-use market and feasibility study recommendations for College Township, Pennsylvania’s commercial and industrial zoning districts. The overarching purpose of this work was to create more contemporary zoning districts that meet the current and future needs of the Township and the region.
Greene County Comp PlanIn the process of updating its comprehensive plan, Greene County, Pennsylvania, hired a team headed by Mackin Engineering and including 4ward Planning to help it formulate long-range economic development goals and objectives.
Patchogue Market StudyThe Village of Patchogue, New York, commissioned 4ward Planning to conduct a market analysis for the proposed Patchogue Redevelopment Study Area, which includes two largely blighted blocks of land located on the south side of its West Main Street.
Conemaugh Watershed Impact Analysis4ward Planning was hired by Keystone Conservation Trust to calculate the economic impacts resulting from watershed cleanup efforts within the Little Conemaugh Watershed located in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.
Perry County Economic Value of Open Space4ward Planning was hired by Keystone Conservation Trust to calculate the economic value created by open space within Perry County, Pennsylvania.
Bank of America Building4ward Planning provided professional consulting services to the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority to evaluate market receptive opportunities and associated economic and fiscal impacts for the vacated Bank of America Building, located in downtown Providence. The 26-story, 350,000-square-foot building, locally known as the "Superman" building, is currently the tallest building within the state of Rhode Island.
Eastern MarketIn contract with Smith Group–JJR, 4ward Planning provided socio-economic, real estate, and economic impact analysis services for Eastern Market, located in Detroit, Michigan, pursuant to a TIGER III grant application submission.
Great Lakes Maritime Center Market StudyLocated at Vantage Point on Lake Huron, the Great Lakes Maritime Center at Vantage Point is a favorite spot for area residents and visitors to spend time watching freighters or enjoying a cup of coffee. Serving Acheson Ventures LLC, 4ward Planning conducted a market and financial analysis in order to identify the feasibility of proposed design and programming concepts envisioned for the center.
Access NewarkServing on a team with Regional Plan Association (RPA), 4ward Planning was engaged by New Jersey Transit to provide economic analysis services in support of Connecting Newark’s Neighborhoods to Local Economic Development (“Access Newark”), a Local Demonstration Project Program (LDP) project that focuses on identifying opportunities and barriers in accessing living wage jobs for Fairmount, Lower Broadway, East Ferry, and Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood residents.
Altoona Comprehensive PlanServices included a thorough market and real estate analysis, build-out and fiscal impact analysis. As part of the real estate analysis, 4ward Planning provided an overview of the key retail, office, and residential trends and develop a rough order of magnitude for new demand within Downtown Altoona.
Beale Street Landing Riverfront ParkAfter touring the study area, 4ward Planning performed a background socioeconomic and consumer expenditure analysis, as well as an evaluation of current local amenities that may compete for park patronage and recreational expenditures. 4ward Planning identified prospective revenue generating amenities and recommended to the client those amenities most likely to be market receptive and financially feasible.
Beaver Train Station Adaptive Reuse PlanServing on a team with Pfaffmann + Associates, 4ward Planning was engaged by the Borough of Beaver to provide market and financial modeling analysis in support of the adaptive reuse of the former Beaver Passenger Station.
Brookfield Four Corners Revitalization Plan4ward Planning provided market, fiscal, and financial analysis services to the town of Brookfield, Connecticut, in the form of a revitalization plan that would support a vibrant, walkable Town Center District at Four Corners.
Brookfield Housing Study4ward Planning provided complete residential market analysis services to the town of Brookfield, Connecticut, as an update to the 2012 Four Corners Revitalization Plan. The town was looking to understand how housing demand had changed and how regulations were, or were not, improving affordability.
Canal Street Master PlanServing on a team led by Cooper Carry Architecture and Urban Design, 4ward Planning was asked to support a broader planning effort to develop a master plan for a 180-acre land parcel in Jeffersonville, Indiana (across the Ohio River from Lousiville, Kentucky).
Heidelberg, Carnegie, and Scott Township Comprehensive PlanThe Heidelberg, Carnegie, and Scott multi-municipal comprehensive plan was developed to help protect and enhance the quality of life enjoyed by area residents. The land use study identified the location, size, and status of various land uses, targeted areas for economic and residential development investment, and recommended zoning regulation updates.
Hill District Centre Avenue Redevelopment Design PlanServing on a team with evolveEA, 4ward Planning provided market analysis services in support of the historic Hill District’s Centre Avenue Redevelopment Design Plan, focusing on infill and redevelopment of vacant and underutilized properties, streetscape strategies to create complete streets, and general urban design strategies. In 2016, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pittsburgh, awarded the plan a Certificate of Merit in Regional & Urban Design.
Hinton Park Master PlanIn support of Alex Garvin and Associates’ master planning efforts for the 100-acre Hinton Park in Collierville, Tennessee, 4ward Planning was retained to provide an analysis of park amenities and features which would generate park patronage and revenue in support of park operations.
Historic Glen Furn Reuse Strategy4ward Planning examined revenue-generating opportunities associated with Glen Fern, an 18th-century historic residence once owned by Thomas Livsey, one of the largest mill operators in colonial America. This 3,900-square-foot, two-story building is currently owned and managed by the Fairmont Park Historic Trust, and sits on a one-acre parcel just off Wissahickon Creek in Fairmont Park.
Hoboken Development Advisory Services4ward Planning has and continues to provide the City of Hoboken’s Department of Community and Economic Development with financial feasibility analysis services, affordable housing subsidy analysis services, and, occasionally, fiscal impact analysis services. These services have supported staff-level recommendations to the City’s planning board and governing body.
Hunterdon County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy4ward Planning completed all required elements of a CEDS, including a background study of economic development in Hunterdon County; an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; economic cluster analysis; goals and objectives; public engagement; suggested and vital projects, programs, and activities; a plan of action; and performance measures. Specifically, we performed analyses of socio-economic, labor and industry, workforce and labor market, industry cluster, real estate market, and infrastructure capacity trends. Public outreach and engagement were fostered through interviews, roundtables, and public meetings. Ultimately, 4ward Planning produced a flexible document that can be effectively implemented and updated into the future.
Hunting Park West Industrial Area StudyServing as a sub-consultant to Wallace, Roberts & Todd, 4ward Planning provided socio-economic, real estate, and financial analysis in support of sustainably repositioning an approximate 400-acre former industrial area in north Philadelphia, in service of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Tasks carried out in support of this effort included socio-economic analysis; real estate market analysis covering residential and commercial uses; a highest and best use analysis of the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute building; and a fiscal impact study, pertaining to proposed uses.
Indiana Community University District Market AnalysisServing on a team with Smith Group JJR, 4ward Planning was engaged by Indiana County and its partners at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and the municipalities of Indiana and White, to provide socio-economic and real estate analysis services in support of development of a district plan for the area surrounding IUP, referred to as the Indiana Community University District (ICUD).
Jersey City Arena Economic Impact AnalysisUtilizing IMPLAN 3.0 economic impact modeling software and Hudson County socio-economic data, 4ward Planning performed economic impact analyses for both the construction and stabilization phases of the proposed marina development. Hudson County economic impact findings were presented and broken out by the top five largest industry impacts. 4ward Planning also conducted a real estate value change analysis to understand the “proximity affect” of proposed development on local buildings and businesses (e.g., incremental increases in both property value and business operations).
Lackawanna-Luzerne LRTP Economic Impact ModelUsing IMPLAN and statewide data sources, sample projects from Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties’ road and rail portfolios were analyzed for their economic impact on the Pennsylvania economy, county by county. Regression analysis was applied, using STATA and proven multivariate regression techniques, to determine the effect location, cost, project type, and other factors have on the economy.
Lawrence County Comprehensive PlanAs with all 4ward Planning studies, this analysis is founded on an understanding of existing conditions – inclusive of demographic, labor, and industry trends, and the real estate climate. It is a qualitative analysis, grounded by interviews with those working and living in the community. With this baseline understanding, 4ward Planning can begin to evaluate and assign potential opportunities for new development and business growth. Such fiscal and economic impact analyses allow us to quantify projected impacts on public services, job creation, and revenue.
Lehigh Valley Return on the EnvironmentPrepared for the Keystone Conservation Trust, 4ward Planning performed an analysis of the economic impacts associated with environmental and recreational amenities and property values in the Lehigh Valley region.
Matrix Building Market Study & Impact Analysis4ward Planning was hired by Gera Danbury LLC to evaluate the market receptive opportunities and associated economic and fiscal impacts for the Matrix Corporate Center, the former Union Carbide International Headquarters corporate campus in Danbury. Specifically, 4ward Planning identified (a) the highest and best use (e.g., office, multi-family residential, independent living senior housing, or some mixed-use combination) for the Matrix Building; (b) the associated fiscal and economic impacts of the identified highest and best use to the City of Danbury; and (c) the financial viability, from a developer’s perspective.
Mercer County Community College Capital Planning4ward Planning was engaged by Mercer County Community College to assist in understanding the opportunities and impacts of proposed facilities upgrades at the James Kerney campus located in Trenton, New Jersey.
Mellon Square Economic Impact Analysis4ward Planning completed an analysis for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, in support of the restoration effort currently underway for historic Mellon Square. Analyses included a detailed study of Mellon Square’s effect on adjacent property values and property tax revenues, along with a study of consumer expenditures in the area. New revenue-generating activities were also examined, as a means of understanding potential impacts on this signature public space in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Meriden TOD Market AnalysisThe City of Meriden has successfully secured HUD sustainability grant funding for a planning and land acquisition effort associated with creating transit-oriented development (TOD) around its rail station. While an earlier TOD land planning and capital improvement analysis had been performed for the same area, the City hired 4ward Planning to perform a thorough market and financial feasibility analysis, ensuring market-feasible zoning and identifying an appropriate land acquisition strategy.
Milliken State Park & HarborLooking to develop William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, The State of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hired 4ward Planning to provide market analysis and development advisory for the park’s master planning process. Located adjacent to downtown Detroit along the waterfront, adjacent to the City’s RiverWalk, Milliken State Park and Harbor will be Michigan’s first state-run urban park.
Millington Quarry Sustainable Reuse ProjectCreating an innovative impacts analysis for Ecological, LLC, a New York City-based developer, 4ward Planning quantified social, fiscal, and environmental impacts associated with a proposed high-density, mixed-income, transit-accessible housing development to be located in Bernards Township, New Jersey.
Monmouth County Corridor AnalysisNew Jersey Transit, serving as part of broad coalition including other New Jersey based transportation agencies, Rutgers University and a number of policy groups, has retained 4ward Planning, acting as a sub-consultant to Looney Ricks Kiss, to provide economic and real estate analysis services related to improving the residential and commercial areas along the Bradley Beach, Neptune and Asbury Park arterial corridor.
Morris Canal 25-Year Master PlanThe Morris Canal Greenway represents an opportunity to bring tourists to the region and provide a recreational and educational amenity for local residents. Accordingly, the 25-Year Action Plan examined opportunities for leveraging recreational resources and stimulating economic development.
Morris County Freight Infrastructure and Land Use Analysis4ward Planning served as a sub-consultant to the transportation planning engineering firm, Eng-Wong Taub, to provide comprehensive economic analysis of the current distribution and warehousing industry in Morris County and the New York-Northern New Jersey MSA, in support of developing an optimal multi-modal freight infrastructure plan.
Mount Lebanon Comprehensive PlanServing on a team with Environmental Planning & Design, 4ward Planning provided demographic and market analysis services to the City of Mount Lebanon in support of their comprehensive plan. The key objective of this effort was to identify approaches to improve Mt. Lebanon’s competitiveness in the region, as well as the quality of life for its residents and businesses. Further, the community wanted tools to track their progress toward this goal over time.
McGinley Square-Montgomery Corridor Mobility StudyThe objective of the McGinley Square-Montgomery Corridor (MSMC) Mobility Project was to study the necessary transportation, pedestrian, and bike access improvements with potential to increase mobility and transportation access for neighborhood residents. The goal of this work was to improve the 2013 MSMC CHOICE Neighborhood plan so that it would be better positioned to receive HUD implementation funding.
Murrysville Comprehensive Planprovided demographic and market analysis services to the City of Murrysville, in support of their Comprehensive Plan update. 4ward Planning conducted a three-phase effort, including in-depth interviews with active regional developers and real estate brokers, and demographic, labor trend, real estate, and fiscal impact analyses, culminating in a comprehensive market study. The final version of the Plan update reflects and leverages Murrysville’s current and prospective economic assets and strengths, while affording measures to reverse or mitigate the area’s liabilities and weaknesses.
Nash County Poultry Plant Economic Impact AnalysisUtilizing the IMPLAN Professional 3.0 input/output software program, 4ward Planning identified the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts associated with the facility development within Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson Counties. Further, 4ward Planning demonstrated the potential for a positive net fiscal impact from the proposed project.
Next Generation BRTAlong with SYSTRA USA, 4ward Planning conducted a real estate market analysis of transit-oriented development along BRT corridors for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the federally authorized Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the 13-county northern New Jersey region.
NJ 124 Transit Access Improvement StudyServing on a team led by VHB, 4ward Planning provided consulting services to the Morris County Division of Transportation (MCDOT) in an effort to determine the most effective and acceptable course of action to improving access to the Convent, Madison, and Chatham stations, located along the Morristown Line in southeast Morris County.
North Kingston Community-Wide Market Analysis4ward Planning continued its relationship with the Town of North Kingstown by preparing a community-wide market study. Poised for growth as a result of improving market conditions, infrastructure improvements, a new commuter rail station, rapid job creation at Quonset Development Corporation, a high quality-of-life, and its strategic location, this market analysis will help the Town direct limited resources and focus its economic development strategy toward achievable results.
Northern NJ Multi-County Economic AnalysisServing on a team with Regional Plan Association, 4ward Planning conducted a regional workforce analysis of Northern New Jersey for North Jersey Partners - a regional partnership to ensure the region’s individuals and industries remain competitive, inventive, and innovative.
New York Rising Community Reconstruction ProgramServing on a team with Jacobs Engineering, 4ward Planning provided economic consulting services in support of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, this work supported efforts to identify needs, set priorities, protect at‐risk groups, and advance action plans for the long-term investment of disaster recovery funds within various Long Island communities.
Oakland 2025 Community PlanServing on a team with Pfaffmann + Associates, 4ward Planning was engaged by Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) and its partners to provide socio-economic and real estate analysis services in support of development of the Oakland 2025 Community Plan.
Pennsylvania LRTP Economic Impact ModelWorking with CDM Smith, 4ward Planning was tasked to create a user-friendly economic impact model that predicts the impacts of newly constructed, repaired, or replaced transportation modes (road, railways, commuter bus lines, and ports) for the Pennsylvania Department of Transit (PennDOT), as part of the Pennsylvania Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).
Pennsylvania TurnpikeWorking in collaboration with Michael Baker Jr., Corporation and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) staff, 4ward Planning provided economic impact analysis services for planned roadway transportation system improvements (e.g., highway, bridges, and tunnels) covering the Pennsylvania Turnpike statewide arterial.
Parkway Avenue Redevelopment PlanServing on a team led by CWL Planning, 4ward Planning conducted a real estate market analysis for the Parkway Avenue Redevelopment Plan, the former General Motors and Naval Warfare Center sites, in Ewing Township, New Jersey.
Paterson Northside Community Action PlanServing on a team with Looney Ricks Kiss, 4ward Planning was engaged with Paterson Habitat for Humanity, the City of Paterson, the County of Passaic Office of Planning and Economic Development, the Passaic County of Community College, and the United Way of Passaic County to create a conceptual economic development and neighborhood stabilization plan to advance the recommendations of the Northside Community Development Revitalization Plan. The study focused on Paterson’s Northside Community, a mostly residential area characterized by high poverty rates and disinvestment.
PennDOT Surface Transportation Infrastructure Economic Impact AnalysisA high quality transportation system, while costly to maintain and improve, is an essential component of economic growth and vitality. It is important to consider the differences between the minimum or status quo conditions, and the economic environment that may be realized, only after improvements to roadway systems are made.
Pennsylvania Long-Range Transportation Plan & Freight StudyThe Pennsylvania Commonwealth prepared its statewide long-range transportation plan update and comprehensive freight movement plan. 4ward Planning served on a large multi-disciplinary team, led by CDM Smith and Michael Baker Inc., in support of this project. 4ward Planning developed a decision-making algorithm which will permit PennDOT policy makers, technical staff, and executives to better allocate limited investment resources within regions of the State and across transportation modes. The model was informed by economic impact modeling, decision-tree analysis, and socio-economic analysis.
Pittsburgh West Busway TOD Plan4ward Planning, serving as a sub-consultant to URS, Inc., performed a market analysis along the West Busway bus rapid transit (BRT) line in support of determining transit-oriented development opportunities at various stops. 4ward Planning collected economic, market, and demographic information for the corridor to provide a baseline and context for thinking about the West Busway area’s future growth and development. This work involved profiling real estate trends for residential, office, and retail market segments within the Pittsburgh market area, providing particular emphasis for the submarkets containing the West Busway route study area. 4ward Planning conducted interviews with knowledgeable local real estate brokers and developers to gain their perspective on the present and future development potential along the study route area. 4ward Planning prepared a market evaluation examining near-term, mid-term, and long-term TOD market opportunities.
Project Momentum Economic Impact Analysis4ward Planning was commissioned by the Carolinas Gateway Partnership to perform an economic impact analysis for a proposed automotive facility in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Utilizing the IMPLAN Professional 3.0 input/output software program, 4ward Planning identified the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts (jobs, economic output, and taxes) associated with the facility development and operations within Nash and Edgecombe Counties, and the state, overall.
ProvPort Economic Impact AnalysisProvPort, a private deep-water port in Providence, Rhode Island, wished to discern its impact on the local economy, as well as how local and state incentives to the port’s eight tenants rippled through the rest of the Rhode Island’s economy. Using IMPLAN, tenant-provided survey data, and the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s extensive databases, 4ward Planning ran economic impact analyses, a counterfactual analysis, and a long-term analysis of the port’s impact on the current economies within Providence and the state of Rhode Island. 4ward Planning also predicted future job growth in the region to 2020, to better gauge ProvPort’s impacts.
RhodeMap Rhode Island4ward Planning, as a sub-consultant to Horsley Witten, was charged with creating a statewide economic development plan linked to strategies for future development, housing, transportation, land use, and the environment. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities grant program. Preparing the economic development strategy, 4ward Planning examined geographic employment centers, industry intersections, labor and workforce training and development, cities and post-industrial communities, economic development regulatory challenges, investments, and tax impacts. Our tools included qualitative analysis using proprietary models and commonly used data sources, case study research, and close interaction with state and local agencies. Public participation and stakeholder outreach was an integral aspect of this project, requiring numerous public meetings, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews to inform and supplement the quantitative analysis.
River Station Mixed-Use Economic Development StrategyIn contract with the Percheron Group, 4ward Planning completed a comprehensive economic impact assessment of employment, earnings, and investments associated with the four-phase, $300 million mixed-use River Station Development located in just outside of Philadelphia. Utilizing the IMPLAN Pro input/output software program, 4ward Planning analyzed economic impacts (direct, indirect, and induced) for each phase of the development, as well the aggregate impacts. Values were based on known and extrapolated variables, such as project costs, unit mix and number, household sizes, employment benchmarks, and income levels.
Schuylkill River Region Trail Cursory Demographic Analysis4ward Planning performed a cursory demographic analysis of various trail town segments along the Schuylkill River Trail in preparation for presenting at the 2009 Trail Town Conference. 4ward Planning analysis organized trail segments by ZIP code areas and drive-time contours, identifying primary and secondary market demographic trends.
Route 37 Corridor Revitalization PlanServing on a team with Looney Ricks Kiss and VHB, 4ward Planning performed analyses for the Route 37 corridor in Toms River Township, Manchester Township, Berkeley Township, and Lakehurst Borough, an area characterized by high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, and high reliance on automobile transportation. 4ward Planning conducted in-depth analyses of demographic, labor, industry, and real estate market trends for the study area and surrounding geographies. We also performed analyses of real estate supply/demand and living wage employment occupations to identify housing and employment needs in the community. Additionally, 4ward Planning helped facilitate focus group discussions of relevant issues and concerns in the area. We, then, developed recommendations for the concept plan, and assisted the other consultant groups in creating a written report and presentations to share with stakeholders.
Somerset County Investment StrategyServing on a team with Jacobs Engineering, 4ward Planning was engaged with Somerset County to provide an understanding of opportunities in the County’s 23 identified Priority Growth Investment Areas (PGIAs). We analyzed existing conditions, as well as opportunities for growth so that infill, development, and redevelopment could be targeted to these specific areas. This targeted growth was ultimately intended to decrease sprawl. 4ward Planning performed in-depth analyses of socio-economic, workforce, and labor market trends in Somerset County, the surrounding areas, and the individual PGIAs. First, we established baseline conditions by inventorying businesses and industries and performing analyses of industry clusters, infrastructure, and land use in the PGIAs. We also identified areas suitable for workforce housing, and perform a steady-state build-out analysis. Throughout the process, we emphasized the importance of public engagement by interviewing local stakeholders and hosting focus group meetings.
South Bethlehem Eastern Gateway Market StudyServing on a team with The RBA Group, 4ward Planning conducted a detailed socio-economic and real estate market analysis to support the South Bethlehem Eastern Gateway Project, a redevelopment plan for vacant and/or underutilized parcels in a key area of Bethlehem’s Southside neighborhood. 4ward Planning reviewed relevant zoning regulations, conducted research, and provided a peer review of an earlier market analysis. Subsequently, 4ward undertook an updated analysis of socio-economic, labor, and industry trends in and around the South Bethlehem area. We also prepared a rigorous real estate supply and demand analysis to quantify unmet demand for low-income and market-rate housing, supportive local retail (e.g., supermarket), and dining establishments. We examined resultant employment opportunities from various redevelopment scenarios, along with fiscal implications (e.g., net tax revenues and added services costs). 4ward Planning also performed development and operating pro forma analyses, utilizing current, local construction cost inputs, required return rate metrics, and market demand factors.
Southern BeltwayServing on a team with Michael Baker Jr., 4ward Planning conducted an analysis of the economic impacts associated with proposed improvements to four sections of the Southern Beltway, in Allegheny and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania, and associated secondary impacts throughout the rest of the State of Pennsylvania. Based on data provided by Michael Baker Jr. and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), 4ward Planning utilized IMPLAN to evaluate the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts for all projects within the region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 4ward Planning applied average wage data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to assess direct employment, based on estimated employee compensation and proprietor income. Right-of-way (ROW) budget items were not anticipated to create significant impacts and were, thus, excluded from this analysis.
SPC On-Call Planning & Economic Consulting Service4ward Planning, serving on four separate winning teams (Gannett Fleming, McGuire Engineering, Baker Engineering, and L.R. Kimball) is an on-call consulting firm to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC). The Commission serves as the official Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for a 10-county region in Southwestern Pennsylvania including the City of Pittsburgh and the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland. In addition, the Commission is designated as the Local Development District (LDD) and Economic Development District (EDD) for Southwestern Pennsylvania. 4ward Planning will be supporting transportation and economic development planning throughout SPC’s region, inclusive of socio-economic, labor and industry, real estate, and fiscal and economic impact analyses.
Speak Up Broward CountyAlong with Jacobs Engineering, 4ward Planning conducted an analysis of prospective economic and environmental impacts for existing and prospective Wave Line extensions scenarios for the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the MPO responsible for transportation planning and funding allocation in Broward County, Florida. 4ward Planning conducted a literature review of other large-scale public transportation improvements, in order to identify prospective environmental and economic benefits, and lessons learned. Our Improvement-to-Land Value (ILV) analysis identified prospective redevelopment opportunities, and current socio-economic and employment trends were distinguished for both existing and prospective Wave Line extension scenarios. 4ward Planning identified potential environmental and economic benefits (e.g., direct and indirect jobs, new businesses established, increase in real property and other tax revenues, improved air quality, reduced commutation costs, and alleviation of auto congestion) associated with the Wave Line extension scenarios, and other communities considering transit investments.
St. Peter's Village Market StudyPiazza Management Company hired 4ward Planning to prepare a highest and best-use analysis for the continued redevelopment of St. Peter’s Village, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Key factors include St. Peter’s history as a 19th-century industrial 'company village,' its location in Hopewell Big Woods, and its expansion as a recreation and heritage tourist destination. A detailed socioeconomic analysis was used to determine the Village’s position and potential in attracting and retaining both specialty retail, services, and age-restricted residential development, in comparison to competing geographies. We performed financial modeling, utilizing custom development and operating pro forma, to demonstrate the financial viability for identified market-supportable land uses (e.g., from a developer’s perspective, “Does it pencil out?”). Finally, a best-case analysis of other small communities revitalizing themselves through preservation efforts identified lessons learned, resources utilized, and public/private partnership opportunities that could be applied to St. Peter’s Village.
Berks County Return on EnvironmentIn support of the Keystone Conservation Trust’s analysis of “Conservation’s Bottom Line,” 4ward Planning provided benefit transfer and economic impact analysis associated with a variety of outdoor recreational activities taking place in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The team’s analysis looked at data from a bottom-up and top-down perspective, carefully calculating formulas, based on Berks County’s socio-economic trends. Further, Keystone Conservation Trust and the Berks Conservancy held numerous focus groups to ground truth the data and findings among various user groups such as fishermen, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, business and chamber colleagues, and others.
Tri-Cities Area Multimodal Station Study4ward Planning is in the process of providing market, real estate, and financial analysis services to Michael Baker Jr., Inc., in support of an Environmental Assessment of the Tri-Cities Area Multimodal Station. 4ward Planning is conducting a regional market evaluation of the Tri-Cities Area (including Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell) in order to thoroughly understand their economic and market fundamentals, which will establish an understanding of basic economic impacts and market expectations for growth potential. 4ward Planning will also perform an area-level analysis that evaluates the potential benefits of transit improvements on the area’s competitiveness. 4ward Planning will examine existing and prospective station areas, in order to identify the most promising TOD opportunities. Based on the above analysis, including interviews with knowledgeable real estate professionals, market-supportable land-uses, and development constraints, 4ward Planning will perform a financial modeling, economic, and fiscal impact analysis of build-out scenarios.
Triangle Park Master PlanWorking in collaboration with MKW + Associates, 4ward Planning provided economic and fiscal analysis services to the Newark Housing Authority for the proposed Triangle Park, located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. This proposed park will connect surrounding residential neighborhoods, Penn Station, the Prudential Center, and the mixed-use commercial district-providing opportunities for passive and active recreation, and civic gathering and cultural programming celebrated in nearby New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Concerts, art fairs, farmer’s markets are some of the many possibilities that the new park will offer.
US 219 Economic & Community Impact AnalysisA team led by 4ward Planning completed a comprehensive regional impact analysis for the U.S. Route 219 corridor from Interstate 86 in New York State to Interstate 80 in DuBois, Pennsylvania, in service of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. The analysis focused on the overall impacts of upgrading this corridor to a four-lane, limited access highway. The team analyzed several future roadway improvement scenarios, so as to understand economic consequences to the region. Along with performing regional economic impact analysis, tasks included identifying key parcels along the corridor that would be suitable and likely support new development.
US Routes 1 & 9 Corridor StudyServing on a team led by Parsons Brinckerhoff, 4ward Planning was engaged by Union County to study this important seven-mile transportation corridor located in eastern Union County. Passing through downtown districts, shipping facilities, and adjacent to Newark Liberty International Airport, the corridor needed a strategy that considered many diverse land uses and achieved both immediate and long-term goals. Services provided included demographic and socio-economic data analysis, as well as study and coordination of land-use strategies.
Waterbury Naugatuck Greenway Extension Phase IThe City of Waterbury required analysis in preparation for submitting a TIGER VI grant funding request to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) for purposes of funding the Waterbury Active Transportation and Economic Resurgence (WATER) Project, an integrated system of active transportation improvements that includes a downtown riverfront trail, a reconstructed and expanded network of local streets, and a comprehensive array of pedestrian/bicycle improvements and linkages designed to better connect downtown to the city’s train station and riverfront. 4ward Planning, working as a sub-consultant to the RBA Group, performed economic, real estate supply/demand and financial feasibility analysis in support of identifying market and financial feasible residential, commercial, and open space uses along and close-in to the Waterbury-Naugatuck River.
Waterbury NextThe City of Waterbury, like many other former industrial cities in the northeast, experienced significant disinvestment over the past quarter-century, as manufacturers closed facilities, middle- and upper-middle-class residents fled to the suburbs and blight increased. Looking to change its fortunes, the City identified the downtown area as the starting point for an economic resurgence. 4ward Planning, working as a sub-consultant to the RBA Group, undertook an extensive market study of the downtown, inclusive of examining residential supply/demand factors, the need for additional personal service and dining establishments, and the financial feasibility for adaptively reusing several historic buildings for mixed-use residential development.
West 25th Street Housing Study4ward Planning was hired by the Cleveland Neighborhood Progress to study housing needs along the West 25th Street corridor, based on demand from local residents and area employees. Utilizing a combination of existing and current market data and reports, published government data, and proprietary analysis software, 4ward Planning compiled housing market trend drivers for the West 25th Street corridor study and primary market area (PMA). Based on the foregoing analysis and identification of existing residential real estate inventory and demand drivers, 4ward Planning developed a rough order of magnitude estimate for new residential demand within the PMA, and the percentage of this demand prospectively captured within the West 25th Street corridor over the next 10 years. Estimates were provided in net new housing units, broken out by typology and household income level.
Western Edge Redevelopment Area4ward Planning assisted the City of Hoboken with evaluating the market feasibility and associated fiscal and facility needs impacts of its Western Edge Redevelopment Planning Area. 4ward Planning performed a background socioeconomic, and labor and industry trends analysis within and outside of the City of Hoboken. 4ward Planning profiled residential, retail, and office/flex real estate trends within Hoboken and the northern New Jersey market, and extrapolated the percentage of this unmet demand that could potentially be captured within the Western Edge Redevelopment Area. The team created an Excel based land-use build-out model to examine alternative build-out scenarios for the Western Edge Redevelopment Area. Finally, 4ward Planning conducted a fiscal impact analysis and impact model to evaluate the fiscal impacts and public facility needs associated with each build-out scenario.
Wickford Junction Market Study & Transfer of Development Rights AnalysisServing on a team led by Horsley Witten, 4ward Planning conducted a market and real estate financial analysis for the Wickford Junction Transit Station area, with the ultimate goal of devising a transparent methodology or algorithm to allow Town officials to establish the fair market value of Transfer of Development Right (TDR) credits. 4ward Planning provided economic, market, labor, and demographic analysis for the primary market area, Washington County, and the metropolitan statistical area. We also performed a thorough real estate market analysis estimating multi-family residential, commercial office, and retail supply and demand. 4ward Planning conducted interviews with local real estate brokers, developers and community officials to gain an on-the-ground perspective on development potential in the Wickford Junction TDR receiving area, and town-wide. 4ward Planning prepared a residual land value analysis to determine prospective sale price and value ranges for building parcels. With this knowledge, we identified a market-feasible dollar value range for TDR credits.
Willow Grove Train Station Relocation Feasibility StudyServing as a sub-consultant to Baker Engineering, 4ward Planning performed a series of market and financial analyses in support of a feasibility analysis for the Willow Grove commuter rail station relocation project. Detailed analyses included an examination of population and household trends; area real estate investment; and social, fiscal, and economic impacts associated with a prospective relocation of the station stop.
West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit Economic Analysis4ward Planning was engaged by Gannett Fleming and West Virginia University (WVU) to complete a cost-benefit analysis of the current WVU Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system in support of an application for Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant funding. Along with a study of demographic and labor trends around the PRT stations, 4ward Planning completed an analysis of adjacent property values, a rider travel time value analysis, a carbon emissions comparative analysis, and a study of the economic cost of increased congestion.
Yorklyn Village Market Study & Economic AnalysisUnder contract with the Division of Parks and Recreation in Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), 4ward Planning performed a detailed market study and financial and economic analyses for the redevelopment of a set of former industrial buildings surrounded by the natural and cultural resources of Yorklyn, Delaware. A former paper mill, the State and their private development partner looked to 4ward Planning to identify a market feasible redevelopment plan and quantify economic and financial impacts for adaptive reuse.
Exploring Main StreetThrough a short two-week public process, 4ward Planning identified strategies to increase foot traffic in the core retail area; revitalize the northern end of the corridor with a new vision and streetscape improvements; redevelop existing sites as residential development; expand retail businesses to include a mix of neighborhood convenience, restaurants, and specialty shops; and direct the quality of future redevelopment through building and design guidelines. This project was made possible by the APA-NJ Community Assistance Program (CAP).
Bensalem TOD Redevelopment AnalysisThe Township of Bensalem hired 4ward Planning to perform a multi-phase TOD and redevelopment analysis for the Cornwells Heights and Eddington commuter train stations located along the SEPTA Trenton Line. In order to begin identifying project opportunities and constraints, 4ward Planning identified improvement-to-land values and assessed baseline socio-economic infrastructure within the two TOD study areas. As part of the market and real estate analysis, 4ward Planning identified socio-economic, labor and industry, and real estate trends within the Philadelphia-Bucks-Montgomery tri-county region. Based on the findings from the market, real estate, and financial feasibility analyses, 4ward Planning estimated the fiscal impact analysis associated with recommended phasing and build-out for the TOD study areas.
Coalport Market StudyThe Borough of Coalport’s Streetscape Committee hired 4ward Planning to prepare a Market Analysis and Strategic Plan for the revitalization of downtown Coalport. Key factors include Coalport’s location in the PA Wilds, proximity to a well-visited state-run recreation area, and the Borough’s historic character. A detailed socioeconomic analysis of Coalport and its larger market areas determined that the borough faced formidable economic challenges due to a small and aging market base and competition from larger markets. We conducted an asset analysis of the neighboring recreational areas and Coalport’s National Register Historic District. Together with the Borough, we proposed reuse for nine historic buildings. Our analysis was enhanced by interviews with local officials, business owners, civic leaders, and property owners. Additionally, we developed four case studies of communities that utilize heritage and historic or recreational tourism as a revitalization tool to overcome similar challenges.
Collier Comprehensive PlanServing on a team with Environmental Planning & Design, 4ward Planning was engaged by Collier Township to provide market, fiscal, and financial feasibility analysis services in support of their comprehensive plan update. Part of this work included conducting highest and best analysis for each of the identified redevelopment/development sites. 4ward Planning reviewed pertinent sections of Collier Township’s current zoning ordinance, and identified the prospective size and general socio-economic characteristics of the primary and secondary market areas surrounding each site, based on the land-use types most likely to be accommodated (e.g., residential, office, retail, industrial, entertainment, or mixed-use). 4ward Planning conducted financial and fiscal impact analysis of likely near-term development and redevelopment opportunities to determine prospective costs and benefits to Collier at project stabilization (e.g., municipal service costs, revenues, required capital improvement costs, projected employment, etc.).
Kennett Square Economic Development Study4ward Planning provided market, real estate, financial analysis, and fiscal impact services to Kennett Square Borough and Kennett Township in development of a multi-municipal economic development strategy. This strategy is aimed at securing Kennett Square’s position within the regional economy, by setting priorities for where and how the communities grow and creating implementable actions necessary to move these communities towards their shared goals. Specifically, the strategy identifies how and what type of revitalization should continue in Kennett Square (an urban center), while preserving the natural, historic, and cultural assets for both the Borough and the Township. 4ward Planning structured the analysis such that each successive task built upon input from community stakeholders and market analysis findings, permitting a strong foundation upon which to identify shared goals and market-supportable recommendations.
Bensalem TDR Analysis4ward Planning provided professional consulting services to Township of Bensalem, pursuant to transfer of development rights (TDR) credit value estimation. 4ward Planning advised the Township on how to develop a transparent TDR program that is based on local and regional real estate market fundamentals. The TDR credit value estimation will serve as a critical element within the soon to be developed Bensalem TDR ordinance, and help support land development and preservation goals within the Township.
Kalamazoo Development Advisory Services4ward Planning provided the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan with economic development consultation on a variety of projects.
Fair Lawn Avenue CorridorWorking in collaboration with Looney Ricks Kiss Inc., 4ward Planning provided market and real estate analysis services to NJ TRANSIT, the Bergen County Economic Development Corporation, the Borough of Fair Lawn and members of the Fair Lawn, Economic Development Committee in support of development of the Fair Lawn Avenue Corridor Vision Plan. The project provided all parties with an analysis of current mobility challenges and opportunities for future improvement including, but not limited to, parking, vehicular traffic patterns, pedestrian and bicycle access and safety, and transit commuter mobility and station access within the Fair Lawn Avenue Corridor.
Webster Street BlockThe City of Norwalk, Connecticut, identified the Webster Street Municipal Parking Lot and adjacent areas in South Norwalk, known locally as the “Webster Street Block,” as an important opportunity to further Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) within the City. Serving on a team with the RBA Group, 4ward Planning provided economic and real estate consulting services to the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency in support of the Webster Street Planning and Urban Design Master Plan update.
New Stanton Comprehensive Planning StudyServing on a team with Mackin Engineering, 4ward Planning was engaged by the Westmoreland (PA) County Department of Planning and Development to create an update to the Borough’s 2001 Comprehensive Plan, which provided a study of the community’s challenges and a responsive, implementable action plan.
Cranberry Township Economic Impact Analysis4ward Planning provided an economic impact study for the Township of Cranberry, Pennsylvania, which measured the economic benefits of the Town’s park and recreation facilities, and created strategies for evaluating future investment.
Whitemarsh Township Riverfront PlanServing on a team with Carter van Dyke & Associates, 4ward Planning was engaged by the Township of Whitemarsh and Conshohocken Borough, Pennsylvania, to provide TOD land-use analysis for new development and infill/redevelopment of Whitemarsh Township’s RDD Riverfront Development Overlay District.
PTC Western PA Economic Impact StudyWorking in collaboration with Michael Baker International and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) staff, 4ward Planning modeled economic impacts associated with the PA Turnpike Enhanced Capital Plan, as well as the connecting Southern Beltway, for years 2016 to 2020.
DGS Annex Reuse AnalysisServing on a team with RGS Land Planning, 4ward Planning was engaged by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide a market study for the grounds of the former Harrisburg State Hospital, also known as the DGS Annex complex. The resulting plan will be presented to both Houses of the General Assembly for conveyance authorization.
Stafford Township Housing Market Analysis4ward Planning provided Community Grants, Planning & Housing (CGPH) a housing market study, which identified affordable development opportunities and challenges in Stafford Township, located in Ocean County, New Jersey.
Tri-COG Business District AnalysisThe Tri-COG Collaborative, composed of three greater Pittsburgh-area councils of government, hired the team, led by 4ward Planning, to help identify a viable economic growth strategy for the region.
NJ Transit Corridor Planning On-CallServing on two separate teams, with the RBA Group and Looney Ricks Kiss, 4ward Planning has and continues to provide on-call socio-economic land-use consulting for various New Jersey Transit projects under its Transit-Friendly Planning Land-Use and Development initiative. 4ward Planning is supporting transportation and economic development planning throughout the New Jersey Transit region, inclusive of socio-economic, labor and industry, real estate, and fiscal and economic impact analyses. 4ward Planning created several supplemental studies for New Jersey Transit - including the Fair Lawn Corridor Concept Analysis, and the Monmouth County Safe Routes to Transit Pilot - both used in guiding the region’s development as its population continues to evolve. These transit-oriented development projects encourage sustainable growth and community revitalization, making them attractive places for people to live and work.
Long Beach Superblock Mixed-Use Development StudyServing on a team with Cameron Engineering and Associates, 4ward Planning was engaged by Shore Road-Long Beach Superblock, LLC, to evaluate the prospective economic and fiscal impacts of the Long Beach Superblock Mixed-Use Development project. Our analysis provided an understanding of the economic and market fundamentals of the proposed development on and within Long Beach, and helped create a broader strategy for the development, which would, ultimately, influence the Superblock’s positive effect on the local and regional economy.
Old Brooklyn TOD Feasibility Study4ward Planning was retained by the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) to complete an in-depth market analysis of the City of Cleveland's Old Brooklyn site, serving a unique opportunity to create a mixed-use hub filled with amenities and services, leading to a denser, more vibrant local economy.
Asbury Park Master PlanThe City of Asbury Park, New Jersey, hired 4ward Planning to provide socio-economic land-use consulting services for re-examination of the Asbury Park Master Plan, adopted in 2006, focusing on the City's four separate redevelopment areas.
Dauphin County Economic Value of Open Space4ward Planning was hired by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) to provide consulting services in support of demonstrating the economic value created by open space within Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
South Orange Redevelopment Financial AdvisoryThe Township of South Orange Village, New Jersey, hired 4ward Planning to provide financial advisory services, in support of the Township's development and redevelopment projects.
Morristown Advisory ServicesIn support of a team hired by the Town of Morristown, New Jersey, 4ward Planning provided real estate financial analysis and advisory services for a variety of redevelopment projects.
NOACA TOD ScorecardServing on a team with AECOM, 4ward Planning provided market analysis services in support of a Regional Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Scorecard and Implementation Plan for the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). The goal of the plan is to attract TOD investment in the NOACA region along the rail stations (local and Amtrak), priority bus corridors, and transit centers.
Lakewood Hospital Redevelopment Study4ward Planning was hired by the City of Lakewood, Ohio, to evaluate market-receptive opportunities and associated fiscal impacts for the soon-to-be-vacated former Lakewood Hospital. Our study included a socio-economic trend analysis, multi-family residential and commercial office supply/demand analysis, senior housing market trend analysis, economic and fiscal impact analysis, and financial feasibility analysis.
Monaca EPA Brownfields Market AnalysisIn partnership with Stromberg/Garrigan & Associates, Inc. (SGA), 4ward Planning provided market analysis services to Beaver County in support of the Monaca Borough PA Avenue Brownfields Corridor Study, a project funded under the U.S. EPA Brownfields Coalition Grant.
WRTC Market Study & Financial Feasibility Analysis4ward Planning was retained by AECOM to conduct a market study and financial feasibility analysis for the Walter Rand Transportation Center (WRTC), located in Camden, New Jersey. This study was completed under funding provided by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) as a Transportation Community Development Initiative (TCDI).
Camden County Trail PlanningActing as subconsultant to NV5 (the former RBA Group), in support of the County of Camden, New Jersey’s trail planning initiative to identify a main “spine” for the County’s proposed bicycling and multi-use trail network, 4ward Planning provided comprehensive economic impact analysis services.
Saugatuck TOD Market StudyAs part of the Barton Partners team of consultants, 4ward Planning has been hired by the Town of Westport, Connecticut, to prepare a transit-oriented development plan for its Saugatuck project area. 4ward Planning’s services included socio-economic, and labor and industry analyses, real estate trends and supply/demand analyses, and financial and fiscal feasibility analyses - offering comprehensive understanding of near- and long-term demand driver trends, and setting forth expectations for TOD market potential and the identification of land-uses which would be most market-receptive in the Saugatuck project area.
Westtown Fiscal Impact Analysis4ward Planning was retained by Westtown Township, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to perform a fiscal impact analysis associated with Toll Brother’s proposed Crebilly Farm Plan A residential development. With the purpose identifying projected service and capital costs, as well as tax revenues and fees the proposed eight-year residential build-out program might generate, 4ward Planning provided a comprehensive fiscal impact analysis, as well as a peer review of a previously performed fiscal impact analysis.
Thompsonville TOD StudyThe Town of Enfield, Connecticut, recently hired 4ward Planning to conduct a comprehensive economic development study of its Thompsonville neighborhood, with particular focus on transit-oriented development - as the Town prepares for a new, multi-modal transit center and high-platform rail station along the Hartford Line Commuter Rail Corridor (HLCRC) and intermodal transportation hub.
Irishtown Bend Redevelopment PlanServing on a team led by Michael Baker International, 4ward Planning was hired by the Port of Cleveland to participate in the Irishtown Bend Redevelopment Plan, which would incorporate a new public park, neighborhood connections, transportation planning, development analysis, new internal trails, and links to adjacent trail networks – all in support of revitalization of the 16-acre hillside area along the west bank of the Cuyahoga River.
Uwchlan Township Market StudyAs part of a team hired by the Township of Uwchlan, New Jersey, to evaluate the highest and best use for a 240-acre parcel located at the interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 100, whose development has been previously proposed by a third-party developer, 4ward Planning conducted a market study to help identify prospective market-viable land uses, including, but not limited to, residential (single-family and multi-family, as well as senior housing), commercial office, retail, industrial, lodging and dining establishments. Additionally, 4ward Planning performed a peer review of an earlier conducted fiscal impact report - to determine the soundness of the methodology employed, as well as the validity of its findings.
Darien Noroton Heights Train Station StudyServing on a team with the RBA Group, 4ward Planning was commissioned by WestCOG, the Town of Darien, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation to conduct a market and financial feasibility analysis in support of the Darien Noroton Heights Train Station Study. This market analysis entailed an examination of socio-economic and labor and industry trends and projections that allowed 4ward Planning to identify and evaluate market-receptive, actionable improvements for the station and surrounding area.
Cortland Downtown RevitalizationIn support of the City of Cortland’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, 4ward Planning conducted a market analysis to identify key regional market drivers and potential development opportunities within Downtown Cortland, located off of Interstate 81 in New York, between Syracuse and Binghamton.
Hicksville TOD Market StudyIn support of the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Initiative, 4ward Planning conducted a market analysis to identify key regional market drivers and potential transit-oriented development opportunities within the half-mile radius of the Hicksville station, New York
Wallington Market & Fiscal Impact Analysis4ward Planning conducted a market and fiscal impact analysis, and financial modeling associated with a proposed mixed-use, multi-family rental housing development proposed for the Westmont Station in along the New Jersey Transit Bergen County Line in Wallington Borough.
Village of Patchogue Revitalization Economic Impact Analysis4ward Planning was hired by the Long Island Regional Council (LIRPC) to analyze the economic and fiscal impacts associated with public infrastructure investments over the past 15 years in the Village of Patchogue, in light of its substantive revitalization over that period of time.
Ann Arbor Market StudyWorking in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA), 4ward Planning is providing an update to its 2016 Ann Arbor Downtown Market Study, offering a current snapshot of socio-economic trends and near-term real estate needs, as well as benchmarks that can be updated periodically and tracked over time and relative performance metrics.
Central Islip Sewer Study4ward Planning was recently hired by the County of Suffolk, New York, to perform a feasibility study that will review the current and prospective sewerage infrastructure needed to ensure the economic, housing opportunity, and environmental well-being of the downtown Central Islip area.
Crawford County Housing Plan4ward Planning was hired by the County of Crawford, Pennsylvania, to identify housing market trends that will affect the county over the next 15 to 20 years, as well as strategies to favorably leverage these trends. Additionally, 4ward Planning gathered information on existing and available funding sources and tools that the county can use to address current and future housing needs; examining the need for county-wide assistance or intervention on behalf of local municipalities; and collecting information regarding housing agencies and organizations across Crawford County to determine gaps and overlaps in services provided to specific populations, so as funding and technical resources can be more effectively and economically delivered.
Morrisville Economic AnalysisRequired by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) to modernize its existing wastewater treatment plant, to comply with current regulatory standards, the Morrisville Municipal Authority (MMA) determined it has two options to meet this requirement: building a new plant on its existing 13-acre site or acquiring an approximate 30-acre tract of land for a new facility. Thus, 4ward Planning was hired to offer the MMA a comprehensive economic analysis of its options, allowing for a well-educated decision.
Norristown State HospitalServing on a team with Baker Engineering, 4ward Planning was engaged by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide a market study for the grounds of the former Norristown State Hospital. The resulting plan will be presented to both Houses of the General Assembly for conveyance authorization.
Braddock, East Pittsburgh, North Braddock Joint Comp Plan4ward Planning was hired to provide economic analysis in support of the Boroughs of Braddock, East Pittsburgh, and North Braddock, Allegheny County Joint Comprehensive Plan. Our work culminated in both a comprehensive market and real estate analysis and recommendations for sound implementable actions across all three municipalities.
NJ Transit BIke and PedServing on a team led by NV5, 4ward Planning was hired by New Jersey Transit to assess bicycle and pedestrian accessibility at six selected rail, light rail, and/or bus stations within the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) region. The project focuses on assessment of existing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure deficiencies and recommendations to support and encourage increased bicycling and walking trips to these transit stations.
NJ Transit Corridor PlanningServing on two separate teams, with the RBA Group and Looney Ricks Kiss, 4ward Planning has and continues to provide on-call socio-economic land-use consulting for various New Jersey Transit projects under its Transit-Friendly Planning Land-Use and Development initiative. 4ward Planning is supporting transportation and economic development planning throughout the New Jersey Transit region, inclusive of socio-economic, labor and industry, real estate, and fiscal and economic impact analyses. 4ward Planning created several supplemental studies for New Jersey Transit - including the Fair Lawn Corridor Concept Analysis, and the Monmouth County Safe Routes to Transit Pilot - both used in guiding the region’s development as its population continues to evolve. These transit-oriented development projects encourage sustainable growth and community revitalization, making them attractive places for people to live and work.
Potter Township Park Revenue Analysis4ward Planning supported the Master Site Development Plan process for a property located in Potter Township, Pennsylvania, and targeted by the township for the development of park facilities. The conceptual master plan offers a portrait of what the site could potentially become, along with the steps needed to advance implementation.
Thompsonville TOD StudyThe Town of Enfield, Connecticut hired 4ward Planning to conduct a comprehensive economic development study of its Thompsonville neighborhood, with particular focus on transit-oriented development - as the Town prepared for a new, multi-modal transit center and high-platform rail station along the Hartford Line Commuter Rail Corridor (HLCRC) and intermodal transportation hub.
Village of Patchogue EIA4ward Planning was hired by the Long Island Regional Council (LIRPC) to analyze the economic and fiscal impacts associated with public infrastructure investments over the past 15 years in the Village of Patchogue, in light of its substantive revitalization over that period of time.
Yorklyn Village Advisory4ward Planning provided on-call advisory services in the redevelopment of historic Yorklyn Village in Delaware. These services included financial viability reviews of third-party developer proposals, creation and analysis of development and operating pro forma, identification of residual land value for purposes of establishing land parcel acquisition value, assistance with presentations to local and/or state representatives, and assistance with identifying and interfacing with prospective businesses and entrepreneurs.