The City of Novi, Michigan started as a suburban community, but due to its prominent location it has become a regional center for employment, shopping and entertainment. Even with many commuters traveling into the city everyday, Novi was still without a true "downtown environment" that could capture all of these sought-after uses in one place. McKenna Associates, hired by a private developer, took the lead in design and project management to take the Novi Main Street development through the approval process — approximately 100,000 square feet of retail and office uses, 400 residential units, and an urban park.
Main Street Novi builds on the goals and objectives outlined by the community to create a multi-faceted experience. McKenna designed the public core of the Main Street area to be a lively blend of unique retail stores, restaurants, bistros, and entertainment facilities with a variety of housing opportunities woven into the dynamic fabric. A variety of public spaces for gatherings, special events, and strolling, as well as large and small public greens, punctuate this urban fabric. The project represents a collaborative effort between the developer and the community.