What We Do
LANI works with communities to implement improvement projects that include–but are not limited to—business façade improvements; street-tree plantings; new parks and open space; and transportation enhancements such as crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, secure bus shelters and transit plazas. LANI projects often create spaces that uniquely celebrate the culture and diversity of the neighborhoods they serve.
LANI Projects Fundamentals
LANI focuses on projects in five major categories of community-based activities:
- Community consensus building
- Business district revitalization
- Development & support of community organizations
- Transportation & pedestrian corridor improvement
- Urban greening
LANI follows a “whole project” model that begins with the project vision and ends with the ribbon cutting and delivery of the finished project. LANI staff members have substantial knowledge of project management and experience running a variety of projects. By following a proven process, LANI consistently delivers tangible results.
LANI believes in building “human capital.” LANI establishes and nurtures lasting relationships with all its partners: government agencies, community groups and individuals, and others.
LANI projects are characterized by effective communication among all project stakeholders. This includes a commitment to assure that all individuals “are heard” throughout the entire project. LANI projects succeed because they are led by members of the community and reflect the specific needs of their neighborhood.
The people involved in LANI projects often continue their work in the community. They frequently become community activists, leading future LANI projects or initiating projects that build on community improvements begun by LANI.
LANI has earned a strong reputation for expediting projects because of their experienced handling and close monitoring of each project. Many public agencies turn to LANI as their partner for just this reason.
LANI has the ability to work closely with a wide range of community organizations, contractors and funding agencies. This skill often allows LANI to break up logjams when a project faces conflicting demands or requirements.
Most LANI projects follow these time-proven steps:
Step 1: Secure project funding.
Step 2: Build a community-based steering committee and a technical advisory committee to guide the project from concept through construction. This step includes the community’s selection of a qualified designer.
Step 3: Develop and refine project plans.
Step 4: Secure permits and build the project.
Step 5: Open project for public use.