Pecan Grove & Cannery Cottages Master Plan
The goal of this project was to further study the concepts introduced in the "Riverfront Redevelopment Plan" conducted by CPEX, and test underutilized parcels of land near the Mississippi Riverfront with new development that addresses the scale of place of the town, broadens housing choices and furthers St. Francisville's tradition as a marquis small town. This Master Plan process, conducted by Urban Design Associates, considered two separate sites: the former St. Francisville High School property in the heart of the Pecan Grove neighborhood and the former Princeville Canning site, which includes the former football field of the Julius Freyhan School site.
Riverfront Redevelopment Plan
This project strives to reconnect St. Francisville’s town center to the Mississippi River through river tourism, redevelopment, and strategic urban planning within the historic context of St. Francisville. Over the years, St. Francisville has lost much of its connection to the Mississippi River. With more river-centric tourism and new dock facilities, coupled with the growing popularity of the area, St. Francisville has the opportunity to grow in a way that renews its connection to the river. The St. Francisville Area Foundation envisions the redevelopment and enhancement of the old canning facility site near the historic heart of town that complements and enhances the existing charm and character of St. Francisville, while also capitalizing on the growing river cruise industry and its associated economic impact. This redevelopment project may include housing, recreation, civic, and commercial uses that are appropriate for the context, character, and market demand in the area. The Foundation is working with Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) to develop a vision for new development and redevelopment potential in St. Francisville in conjunction with the expanding river cruise industry.
Tunica Hills State Preservation Area
An important project for Louisiana and West Feliciana Parish, Tunica Hills State Preservation Area will provide an amazing "High-rise Adventure" experience for visitors to encounter and discover unspoiled nature. The planned site will not only preserve and protect the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the site, but will also provide environmental education to the public through interpretive centers and related infrastructure.
Gateways & Corridors Master Plan
We live in a special place and through this project we endeavored to create a system of signage and landscaping that would welcome and orient the visitor in and around the Town of St. Francisville and West Feliciana. Our area is growing and with this growth comes the need for thoughtful planning. The Master Plan identifies a shared community vision for the future that builds on the rich cultural and natural amenities of the region, and provides a unique opportunity to strengthen community identity and pride. Through this project, we have been reminded of the enduring beauty of the landscape and the generosity of the people of this community.
The proposed trail is located in West Feliciana Parish and will be one of the first phases of what will likely be a Parish-wide trail system that is in the infancy of development. The initial phases of the trail, The Town Center Branch, will extend west along Highway 10 through LA Highway 61 to Commerce Street, then south to Parker Park. The Rosedown Branch will tie the West Feliciana Middle and High Schools south to the West Feliciana Sports Park, and through the State Historic Site at Rosedown Plantation to LA Highway 10 and connect with the Town Center Branch. The Town Center Branch Branch will span a total of approximately 6,300 linear feet, and will be composed of a 10 ft. wide bonded native soil and aggregate trail, along the edge of LA Hwy 10. It is to be paved, but suitable for road and touring bicycles, as wells as mountain bikes, walking, and running. This branch will begin at the Hwy 10 Trailhead at the end of the Rosedown Branch and will travel east along the shoulder of Hwy 10, across the intersection of LA Hwy 61 and LA Hwy 10 to Commerce Street in St. Francisville. It will cross alexander creek as it crosses HWY 10 and will then extend south to Parker Memorial Park. The connection at Highway 10 is important because it creates access to the future Rosedown Branch, tying the town of St. Francisville and Parker Park to the West Feliciana Sports Park, Rosedown Historic Site, and ultimately the three school campuses to the north. This branch will be the beginning of a system of trails that will connect other Parish recreation and community assets throughout the Parish via street level, rights of way, abandoned rail lines and other corridors. By linking into the town of St. Francisville, it will access the major food, beverage and hotel commerce in the Parish. Connections And Transportation Value The trail will connect the town of St. Francisville and Parker Memorial Park to another five major public sites via its connection to the Rosedown Branch, with a safe bike/run/hike corridor. The trail will eventually connect the town to the High School, Middle School, Elementary School, West Feliciana Sports Park, and Rosedown Plantation. The trail will tie into the existing 6.5-mile mountain bike loop at West Feliciana Sports Park, and will feature a trailhead at the pond. The pond is currently in the planning stages of being enlarged to accommodate swimming and facilitate triathlons and endurance sports.