Private Development Solutions

Office Locations

40 Long Alley
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Ithaca Branch
179 Graham Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Residential and Commercial Development Experience

For nearly 50 years The LA Group has been the designer homeowners and developers call upon for their projects. The firm has produced creative designs that blend a concern for environmental characteristics with client goals. The LA Group specializes in the creation of aesthetically pleasing and sustainable solutions to complex issues. The LA Group’s high percentage of repeat clients reflects the firms’ ability to provide high quality and cost efficient private development services for clients.

Residential and commercial development.

Private Development Capabilities

Private development capabilities.

The LA Group assists private clients on a wide variety of projects ranging from residential landscape design to large-scale commercial developments. The LA Group’s private development design team works closely with the firms’ environmental services team to determine the opportunities and constraints of land prior to moving into the design phase. The LA Group’s design philosophy includes the following capabilities:

  • Feasibility analysis
    • Regulatory and municipal zoning review
    • Environmental inventory and site analysis
    • Visual analysis
    • Highest and best use assessment
  • Site planning and landscape architecture
    • Master plans
    • Campus and facility planning
    • Multi-use and retail developments
    • Residential developments
    • Affordable housing
    • Resort development
    • Streetscape improvements and pocket parks
  • Detailed site design
    • Landscape design and planting plans
    • Erosion and sediment control
    • Stormwater management / green infrastructure
    • Pedestrian and vehicular circulation
    • Site and recreation amenities
    • Gathering and activity spaces
  • Local, state and federal permitting
    • New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)
    • New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
    • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
    • Adirondack Park Agency (APA) permitting
    • Municipal planning/zoning board representation

“The LA Group was at the literal and figurative foundation of the Fasig-Tipton project; without their insight and ability to share the vision, the project would not have realized the client’s dreams and expectations.”

Equicurean Magazine

Private Development Clients Worked With

  • Ocean Properties
  • Beacon Communities
  • SpringCity Development Group
  • NRP Development Group
  • Conifer
  • Prime Companies
  • The Community Builders
  • Beechwood Homes

Trusted partner with decades of experience

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The LA Group design philosophy?

The LA Group is a strong advocate of environmentally sensitive design. Successful, creative private development designs are those that blend a concern for environmental characteristics with client goals, aesthetics, cultural issues, and budgets. Man-made structures must be balanced with and complement nature and human needs must be accommodated in an environmentally sensitive way.

How is The LA Group design philosophy different from other consultants?

Landscape Architecture remains the largest area of expertise and is the foundation of the firm. The LA Group emphasizes form must follow function and be accommodated in an environmentally sensitive way, creating minimal impacts while providing development potential for the clients. The LA Group firmly believes communication is the key to success and makes it a priority with teaming partners and clients.

At what point should a consultant be engaged?

A design professional should be contacted early in the development process. The LA Group can help pull together a team of professionals to produce the information needed to analyze a property and determine whether desired goals can be achieved. If not, The LA Group can direct clients on the highest and most valuable use of a property.

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