Naples sets eyes on new vision for Design District - Laura Layden

Naples Daily News - November 5th, 2021

Decades ago, a charette helped drive a new vision for Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples.

Now, it's the Design District's turn.

Through the same collaborative process and the same well-known design firm, the city is turning its attention to the future of the district — a diverse area, more formally known as 41-10.

The district is located to the east and the north of U.S. 41, to the west of Goodlette-Frank Road, and to the south of Seventh Avenue North. The area in focus spans more than 200 acres.

An in-person charette will begin Tuesday, Nov. 9, and wind down a week later. It's been likened to a multi-day town hall.

The charette is a way to bring all stakeholders together, through a team approach, to create a design — and a plan to implement that design — with the help of a team of hired experts.

"It sounds like a long time, a whole week. But nevertheless, it's fast, for such a large area," said Galina Tachieva, a managing partner of DPZ, who directs the firm's work around the world.

All of the public events will be in a studio in The Collective at 111 10th St. S., with the exception of one.

The closing presentation on Nov. 16 will be at the River Park Community Center.

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