Waterfront Master Plan
Architecture Firm: Union Studio Architecture & Community Design Inc.
Year: 2013 Design Awards
Category: Regional/ Urban Design & Master Planning
Location: Newburyport, MA
Type: Merit Award
This master plan was completed for a municipal redevelopment authority that owns 4.2 acres of waterfront land surrounding a public park in the town’s downtown commercial district. The client hired the architect to develop a vision for the property, which would be the basis for an RFP for its development. The goal was to balance viable economic development opportunity with the public’s enjoyment of this special waterfront open space. The process involved several public meetings and a thorough analysis of the existing site. It resulted in recommendations for more clearly defining the park, increasing open space by 30%, improving circulation & pedestrian connections, preserving parking, and creating two new mixed-use buildings at the perimeter of the site to generate economic development opportunity.