Conferred at the annual award program, the award was nominated by the Wiregrass Foundation and is given in memory of Frank Setzer, the former Director of the Auburn University Architecture and Urban Studies Center in Birmingham, Alabama. While recognizing more than six years of planning focused on the Highway 84 East corridor, the award specifically recognizes the work currently being done to reimagine the Dothan City Center.
The Dothan City Center Design and Redevelopment Plan presents a powerful urban design scheme that bridges the architecture of earlier times with new and varied design schemes to accommodate the revitalization of the City Center.
The plan, developed in collaboration with RDG Planning & Design, is the result of a community-wide engagement process and reimagines the heart of downtown Dothan, Alabama, into a vibrant, mixed-use destination where people can live, play, and work in the same area of town. The plan incorporates eclectic civic spaces where residents and visitors can enjoy and be enriched by the arts and entertainment and also encompasses spaces for retail services, lodging, and residential living.
“We’re proud of the work we’ve been doing with the City of Dothan and honored that the City Center plan has been recognized with this award,” said RDG Senior Partner Patrick Dunn, PLA, ASLA. “Once complete, this plan promises to be an outstanding example of mixed-use development and will serve as an integral component of the City Center’s revitalization.”
The annual ALAPA Awards Program recognizes the contributions of individuals, agencies, organizations, local governments, or private companies within the state of Alabama that have completed outstanding programs or projects or have made notable contributions to the planning profession.