HGOR & AMLI celebrate ASLA “Award of Excellence” for City Place/Marie Sims Park in Buckhead

HGOR’s design utilized a multi-tiered approach to storage – capturing the two-year storm and water quality within the lower wet pond and allowing major storms to spread out over otherwise usable space. “We embrace green infrastructure approaches because they offer social, economic, and environmental benefits while addressing water challenges,” states HGOR Design Principal, Chris Mutter. “City Place/Marie Sims Park demonstrates the important linkage between planning and design, which promotes how people-oriented places can produce economic value while simultaneously providing long-term environmental benefits.”

HGOR worked closely with AMLI to develop a master plan that sought to create efficient, walkable urban blocks with required open space aggregated into collective commons. The plan sought to extend existing streets providing clear walkable connections to the nearby MARTA Transit Station. The complete rethinking of the master plan—from product-based to place-based—transformed not only the surrounding site, adding substantial economic value, but has resulted in a positive influence on existing properties within the area and the larger community.

“We worked with the community to design this amazing public space, which adds another gathering space for a vibrant community. Additionally, it allowed AMLI to expand our sustainability efforts across property lines. Marie Sims Park provides a welcoming and meaningful greenspace for both AMLI residents and the entire Buckhead neighborhood,” said Fred Schreiber, AMLI Co-COO.

“HGOR is at the forefront of how private development can exert community,” said HGOR’s Founding Principal, Bob Hughes. “The new master plan provided a deeper stewardship of resources, returning the property to its full pre-recession value and the “private” aggregated open space is known today as City Place/Marie Sims Park, serving the entire community, not just AMLI residents.”

Founded in 1992, HGOR provides clients with innovative planning solutions by marrying the needs of citizens, taxpayers, and businesses with stewardship for the environment. Based in Atlanta, HGOR is an internationally recognized landscape architecture and planning firm operating on a philosophy of addressing the social, economic and environmental issues of each project. As assignments often come to HGOR in the form of problem statements, their team works to find solutions that resolve the specific needs of an assignment in concert with the larger imperative and solutions that produce remarkable places of lasting value. For more information please visit, http://www.hgor.com.

AMLI Residential focuses on the development, construction and management of environmentally responsible, apartment communities throughout the U.S. Founded in 1980, AMLI is owned by PRIME Property Fund, a core commingled institutional fund. AMLI currently owns and manages 62 apartment communities including more than 20,000 apartment homes and has over 5,800 additional apartment homes under development or in lease-up at 16 new properties, all of which are, or will be, LEED certified. 35 AMLI communities are LEED certified and 27 AMLI communities are ENERGY STAR certified. For more information please visit www.amli.com.


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