The Town of Irvington has retained a flavor of its earlier water-related history both in the structures and the uses that continue into the present. Because of its presence on the water and small-town ambiance, the Town has found itself encountering rapid growth advancing from the north and east. Summit prepared a Comprehensive Plan to address these issues in cooperation with community leaders. Working closely with members of the Planning Commission, Town Council, and Town staff, existing conditions were analyzed, goals and objectives identified, and recommendations developed for the future. The plan focused on intelligent utilization of the land in a manner that meets the needs of the population while at the same time protecting and preserving Irvington’s historic quality and character.
The Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) and City identified a set of diverse neighborhoods within the City that experienced various levels of disinvestment. Summit conducted field surveys of each of the neighborhoods to assess housing conditions and infrastructure deficiencies. Demographic and real estate data was analyzed for each area. In addition, interviews were conducted with local builders, developers and real estate agents to understand the nuances of the local market.
Our Planning department was contracted to research and compile an Economic Restructuring Plan and compile and submit an application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for downtown revitalization. The Town was awarded $700,000 in CDBG funds in 2016 and the firm has provided project management assistance to the Town during the implementation of the project. Utilizing both Town and CDBG funds, two buildings were removed to make room for the construction of a market pavilion that can be used year-round, a town green, a performance pavilion, and a creekside trail connecting the public space to nearby parking.