Research Projects

Mixed Use in Historic Structures: A Path to the Future, a Link to the Past
Master of Historic Preservation Thesis, The University of Georgia, 2011
by William Butler, MHP, LEED Green Associate
Executive Summary  | Full Thesis (PDFs)
This thesis examines case studies of four mixed use developments — Brightleaf Square, West Village, Golden Belt and American Tobacco — all located in historic tobacco factories, in Durham, North Carolina that utilized historic preservation tools, such as local incentives and tax credits, to make the projects feasible. It also examines how these developments fostered economic growth, job growth, and business creation in the downtown area and the city as a whole.

Re-visioning Industrial Urbanscape: A Sustainable Development Plan for Southern Mill Industrial District, Athens, Georgia
Master of Environmental Planning and Design Practicum, University of Georgia, 2012
by Deepali Jayant Pavnaskar, B.Arch, University of Pune, India
Full Practicum (PDF)

Redevelopment of abandoned and blighted industrial areas is becoming a concern and highest priority in many cities. The abandoned structures, occasionally historic, sit idle for many years without any attention. Historic Southern Mill in Athens, Georgia is one such example of a cotton manufacturing company that has not been used for more than a decade. Once the employment hub of Athens generating living wages and tax revenues, this area is now inactive and severely underutilized. This study is an initiative to develop a vision for the future development of Southern Mill surroundings that is favorable to the community and business owners. Based on the community input and research, a Master Plan is developed for Southern Mill Industrial District. The Master Plan is intended to serve as a vehicle to guide change in the Southern Mill Industrial District. The Master Plan outlines major future land uses that will provide a sustainable economy and environment while positively benefiting Athenians.