Walkable downtown created from a suburban office complex

Photo by: DPZ CoDESIGN

Doral is a community that has been undergoing extensive sprawl repair in recent years. These improvements have already allowed it to grow as an urban center with family-friendly housing, public schools, and a general sense of place. The community has partnered with a developer to create a walkable downtown on the site of a former office park, following a 2006 master plan by DPZ CoDESIGN.

While only 120 acres in size, Downtown Doral creates a focus of activity and civic life for an entire suburban region.

“Much of the success of this project is due to the flexible regulating plan and urban/architectural guidelines based on massing and form rather than uses and quantities,” notes Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, CEO of Codina Partners.