OBT Next Vision Recognized with APA Award

Congratulations to the OBT Next Master Plan team—this vision to revitalize a troubled portion of Orlando’s Orange Blossom Trail corridor has won GAI and its project partners the American Planning Association (APA), Florida’s 2018 Award of Merit.

The OBT Next master plan details a long-term strategy for building a better future along an 8-mile stretch of the OBT that for years has been marked by crime and decline. Commissioned by the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board, the plan has earned the support of residents, business, law enforcement, local organizations, and government partners.

APA Florida Award of Merit
Accepting the APA Florida 2018 Award of Merit for the OBT Next Master Plan, l-r: Pete Sechler, GAI-CSG; Vanessa Pinkney, Orange Blossom Trail Development Board; Claudia Ray, GAI-CSG; Patrick Panza, GAI-CSG.

On September 12, 2018, GAI and partners Orange Blossom Trail Development Board, City of Orlando, and Orange County received the APA Florida’s 2018 Award of Merit at the 2018 APA Annual State Conference. Vanessa Pinkney, Executive Director of the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board joined representatives of GAI’s Community Solutions Group (CSG) to accept the honor. The visionary OBT Next plan also garnered the prestigious Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FZPA) 2018 Outstanding Plan/Study Award, presented at the association’s award luncheon on June 8, 2018.

“GAI is honored to receive an Award of Merit from APA Florida for OBT Next. Effective collaboration and open communication between local residents, businesses, organizations, and City and County staff is what made this plan a reality.”

Claudia Ray, Assistant Planning Manager, GAI Consultants

Read our press release about the APA Florida’s 2018 Award of Merit for the OBT Next Plan.


Read more about the OBT Next Master Plan and the GAI Community Solutions Group. Contact GAI CSG Sr. Director Pete Sechler, PLA, AICP or Assistant Planning Manager Patrick Panza, AICP for more information about GAI CSG’s design and planning, landscape architecture, and economics and strategy services.

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