Breaking Down the Benefits of Mixed-Use Developments
Mixed-use developments provide a myriad of benefits for residents, employers, and employees alike. They integrate residential, commercial, and industrial real estate seamlessly into a single, compact site where residents can easily walk to work, markets, restaurants, and entertainment.
Within mixed-use developments, infrastructure is consolidated as opposed to designing and building independent systems. Developers who work with design and build firms are easily guided through the planning and construction process to deliver innovative spaces that save time and money.
There are two different types of mixed-use developments: horizontal and vertical. Horizontal mixed-use communities are more land consumptive as they are comprised of single-use buildings within a given complex. These buildings can be made for residential spaces and commercial purposes. Vertical mixed-use developments, on the other hand, create overall cost savings for developers with their ability to vertically stack residential and commercial retail uses. These cost savings include:
Unified electrical and water service
Consolidated fire protection and site security service
Fewer costly sewer tap-ins
And better utilization of space
Both horizontal and vertical mixed-use developments offer a variety of benefits for tenants and developer's bottom lines. Here we’ll discover the five advantages of mixed-use developments.
Close Proximity for Residents
Mixed-use developments allow residents to walk to work, restaurants, and entertainment locations with ease. With the close proximity of buildings, residents live a more active lifestyle by minimizing their vehicle travel.
Developers seeking to build a mixed-use development should look for locations that offer existing amenities such as schools, libraries, and public parks. Homebuyers typically have a strong preference on centralized locations with easy access to city amenities, and mixed-use developments can work with these locations to create connected and inclusive communities.
Monetary Risks Spread Out
Developers who build mixed-use developments tend to be more insulated from economic volatility because mixed-use developments naturally create a more diversified revenue stream. Long term-leases should be offered to commercial tenants to ensure they will be secure in their position, thus providing developers with greater financial stability.
Synergy of Various Uses
Mixed-use developments create a synergy of uses by creating spaces where a cross-section of the community can gather to live, work, and shop. Diversification helps ensure mixed-use development space is vital and occupied 24 hours a day. Employees can eat at nearby restaurants, business travelers can stay in hotels adjacent to their office space, and the proximity of recreational activities and gyms helps keep residents and employees healthy, happy, and productive.
The benefits of these developments extend far beyond enhancing the social good. Mixed-use facilities, particularly those that serve as town centers or are in the heart of urban areas, conserve valuable land resources and brighten communities by presenting opportunities for building efficiency, energy efficiency, and sustainability.
Consolidated infrastructure naturally leads to consolidated operations. Developments are maintained more efficiently with property management teams who have experience with mixed-use properties. This helps to further generate cost savings.
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