Schmit + Associates

Bridging the Gap

Multi-use communities are a high priority for Schmit + Associates and otherAtlanta-area developers.

BY JIM HARRIS

The baby boomer and millennial generations would seem to not have very much in common. But when it comes to what many members of either generation are looking for in a new home, they share more commonalities than many people might think. Both generations – the two largest in the United States in terms of population – are drawn to similar types of housing, albeit for different reasons.

 

“These are two generations that are moving into different parts of their lifecycles, but both are now drawn to connected, urban-based environments with amenities that you can easily walk to,” says Dave Schmit, founder of Schmit + Associates, a Roswell, Ga.-based master developer.

 

Schmit’s home market in the Atlanta region reflects a nationwide shift from the traditional single-family suburban developments the boomers helped to fuel beginning in the 1960s to mixed-use developments.

 

These developments tend to be in three surroundings: large metropolitan areas such as Atlanta’s Midtown; the central business districts and downtown areas of smaller towns surrounding larger cities, such as Roswell or Alpharetta, Ga.; or close to transit centers such as train stations. Such transit centers may be located in a large city, small town or elsewhere.

 

“There is an effort to create more compact designs around transit stations with housing, retail and entertainment, instead of using a parking garage as a connection hub,” Schmit says. “Cities and developers are creating new environments that harken back to the days before cars where the pedestrian experience is the priority.”

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