Spring of 2008 marked the commencement phase of the Sustaining Chipley project. Professor Martin Gold led an Architectural Studio of 12 students that initiated field research, held and documented a stakeholders meeting and conducted precedent studies of housing typologies that might be adapted for the Chipley context. From the initial field studies and research, the project team developed five alternative master plan strategies that incorporate the needs and expectations as expressed by stakeholders. The schemes take slightly different approaches toward capitalizing on the present amenities such as the CSX railroad that splits the main street in downtown (a true railroad town); the historic fabric and scale of the early 20th Century buildings, the pedestrian-orientated core fabric; and available vacant land in the downtown.