I realize this is close to the small town/downtown thread below, but I have a slightly different situation.
I'm working with a U.S. city with a population of roughly 150,000. They have a traditional downtown with good levels of commerce, some mid-rise buildings and the like. The city has generally been sprawling to the east, with suburban neighborhoods, strip malls and the like.
The city has recently annexed a tract of land on the eastern fringe of these suburb-style neighborhoods (9 miles from downtown). The tract is 600 acres, vacant, has been used as a quarry for decades. The site is in the suburban path of growth (housing subdivisions, big box shopping centers), but beyond it are farm fields.
Here's the crux: From the larger regional- or metro-level planning perspective the city wants to plan this as an "urban center" by which they mean quite a bit more than a "town center". They really want it to be a center for the greater region, like a smaller secondary downtown to serve the east half of the city, and the small towns beyond.
Does anyone know of examples, either successful or failed, of a city or developer trying to build a new urban center out of whole clothe in very suburban environment? Again, this is more than just a new urbanist town center, but a significant concentration of density, employment and residential uses, four/five story buildings, supporting structured parking, etc.
If anyone knows of people trying this, papers on the idea, anything, please let me know. Thanks.