Urban Studio

Urban Studio

Kimmerle’s Urban Design and Planning Studio employs a research-based approach to planning and urban design that is informed by ongoing research and teaching at Rutgers and NYU, combined with insight drawn from 35 years of practice. Kimmerle implements theory through an expanded platform of planning and master planning services for universities, institutions, communities, community organizations, and municipalities. Our insight is drawn from projects as small as assignments for neighborhood associations, in Detroit and Newark among other cities; to the largest-scale state-sponsored redevelopment programs, including Battery Park City from its inception.

Our clients have included:

  • Healthcare Institutions (nonprofit and for-profit)
  • Investment Funds (Public and Private)
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Nonprofit Organizations (including community and family services)
  • Municipalities
  • Private Educational Institutions
  • Private Development Entities
  • Public Educational Systems
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Transit Authorities

Bold and proven expertise in many applications:

  • Foreign Trade Zones
  • Hope VI Redevelopment Sites
  • Industrial Building Conversion & Redevelopment
  • Industrial Complex Planning & Redevelopment
  • Planning Multi-Building Complexes (up to 2.5mil square feet)
  • Mixed-Use Development
  • National & State Parks

Including award-winning design for open space and wetlands

Open Space Research

Linking theory to public policy and legislative implementation Residential Development (Public & Private, Infill & Green Sites)
Retail & Outlet Centers & Sustainable Sites
Transit Village Planning & Design
Urban & Suburban Sites

Infill & Green Development Redevelopment & Property Repositioning

Redevelopment Planning and Implementation: Many times, our redevelopment activities generate zoning standards for redevelopment and overlay zones, involving our complete familiarity with zoning and planning processes, economic development initiatives, and tax incentives that become the actual tools for implementation. Healthcare Industry Initiative The firm has additionally launched a targeted effort in the healthcare sector, including direct implementation of reinvestment programs uniting local and regional healthcare systems with a lengthy roster of public investment funds (REITs), private funds, and development entities to realize large scale, unmet capitalizations and build-to-suit needs in the healthcare industry.

A list of current undertakings in master planning, practice repositioning, and financing/development include:

  • The Brooklyn Hospital Center | Brooklyn, NY
  • CentraState Healthcare System | Freehold, NJ C
  • Chilton Hospital | Pequannock, NJ
  • Maimonides Medical Center | Brooklyn, NY
  • Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center | Plainfield, NJ
  • Peconic Bay Medical Center | Riverhead, NY
  • Peninsula Hospital Center (Redevelopment & Repositioning) | Far Rockaway, NY
  • Mount St. Mary’s Hospital | Passaic, NJ
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center | Brooklyn, NY

Urban Studio’s efforts are often provided hand-in-hand with our ongoing JV affiliate, MedDev, whose expertise is focused on the broader finances of healthcare institutions. Areas of focus include revenues/reimbursements, operations (practice structures and service mix) and the capitalization for on and off-balance sheet transactions. Project types include: base buildings, leasehold improvements and other health requirements. MedDev’s repositioning services are fundamental to recasting healthcare systems for the coming decades. With our unique position serving Brooklyn healthcare institutions, we are a central participant in the ongoing dialog on healthcare in the five boroughs, and our input as healthcare policy experts is sought at the New York State Department of Health. Urban Studio’s larger agenda is to provide thoughtful leadership in all engagements related to urban & institutional planning, city design, and public policy. We see no limits to the range of subjects that can benefit from our insight.

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