NEW TOWN CENTERS
Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Lookout Mountain Town Center Plan and Design Guidelines
When the grocery store anchoring Lookout Mountain’s commercial center burned down, it prompted the community to rethink the unattractive strip center that constituted the closest thing they had to a town center. Electing instead to pursue a true “heart and soul” for their community, the City hired The Walker Collaborative (TWC) to lead a planning process that viewed the site as a blank canvas.
Following background research, meetings, an architectural preference survey, and a public charrette, a plan was created.
Anchored by a new city hall, firehouse, and police station, it included retail, services, offices, a public park and plaza, and a range of housing types. As with most municipal-sponsored town center plans, developers have since emerged with their own versions of the concept, and the City recently announced that an agreement has been struck with a developer to proceed. However, the most recent plans are following the Town Center Design Guidelines also prepared by TWC.