Don’t Get Mixed Up About Mixed-Use

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There has been a surge in building mixed-use developments due to a demand for more walkable, all-in-one-place neighborhoods. With the emergence of the newest generation of entrepreneurs and young professionals, studies find these “urbanites” have an increased desire for a more in-town living experience and lifestyle.

There are three categories of mixed-use properties: vertical mixed-use buildings, horizontal mixed-use blocks and mixed-use walkable neighborhoods. Although the layout of these different types of mixed-use properties varies in spatial design and layout, they all have the same goal in mind: to create an atmosphere where residents can live, work and play.

A large misconception about mixed-use projects is that they are simply shop-fronts with housing located above. Architects have declared a primary and secondary use for mixed-use developments. The primary use of a development controls configuration, orientation and disposition which helps to marginalize the building’s ability to effectively host other, commercial or office uses.  This designation allows for a landowner to have the right to “choose” a specific use for the property: commercial or residential.

The common goal is to create a three-dimensional, pedestrian-friendly place that allows for compatible land uses, public amenities and utilities on a multitude of scales and intensities. The variability of mixed-use developments creates an atmosphere that allows people to live, work and play in one location that Millennials find very appealing.

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