After decades of decline and disinvestment in the surrounding area, the Palm Center is once again a strategic location as the terminal stop on the Houston Metro Rail Purple Line. The client sought to reposition the Center while facilitating job growth and wealth-building for the existing community.
Working for a Houston-based planning firm on behalf of a private industrial client, Ms. Donatto (now a partner at Anthem, LLC) acted as Project Manager on a successful appeal to the City of Houston for the amount of fee charged due to a miscalculation of impervious cover. Ms. Donatto prepared and presented information to the appeals committee resulting in a net savings of over $75,000 per year in fees for the Client.
The H-GAC Livable Centers studies aim to investigate areas of probable need and provide solutions that enhance the economic opportunities, multi-modal transportation options, and overall quality of life for residents of the area. Ms. Donatto led public outreach efforts and conducted meeting facilitation for the team.
Ms. Donatto was responsible for the design of the response template in Adobe InDesign, coordination of a six-member national team, organizing and defining team roles and responsibilities, and development of thirty pages of original content regarding the Team’s strategic approach, including the topics of: urban planning, redevelopment strategy, socioeconomic challenges, public outreach planning, existing land use versus proposed land use, and affordable housing at the state and local levels.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council conducted a series of Strategic Planning Initiatives to provide funding and planning assistance to areas in order for those areas to evaluate how they would best implement the Regional Transportation Plan. As a sub-consultant to AECOM with another firm, Ms. Donatto (now a partner at Anthem, LLC) was responsible for overseeing Transportation Modeling, Land Use Scenario Development, and Implementation Strategy.