Amsterdam Transit Oriented Development

Canal Square Park

Remsen Street Streetscape Improvements

Town of Newcomb

Orangetown Fire Station

Guilderland Fire Station

Brown’s Beach

Bethlehem Sanitary Pump Station

Amsterdam Transit Oriented Development

Chazen worked as part of a project team to select the new location of the Amtrak Station in the City of Amsterdam and develop a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan.

Amsterdam has a highly urbanized downtown which has experienced decades of decline and loss of employment. Separated from the Mohawk River and divided by a series of highways, Amsterdam is seeking to develop a multi-modal transportation hub with the selection of a new train station. This plan will frame future investment in revitalizing the City.

Chazen is leading the urban design component, developing an illustrative plan and the framework for a form based code. Our work also includes assisting with community engagement, strategies for key redevelopment sites, and a funding and implementation strategy.

Canal Square Park

Chazen prepared the master plan and is currently providing engineering services to help the City reimagine its Historic Canal Square Park at the heart of its Cultural District. The vision is to create a transformative space that allows for an array of uses from casual daily attendance to Rock the Block concerts as well as the Cohoes Public Farmer’s Market to Music Hall receptions – all the while promoting an already energetic connectivity to downtown Cohoes, City Hall, the distinguished Cohoes Music Hall and surrounding residential neighborhoods.

Canal Square Park has unique infrastructure challenges that Chazen is endeavoring to solve as the site was formerly used as a community swimming area and has aged infrastructure, which requires comprehensive replacement.

The project is within the NYSDEC Order on Consent area for combined sewer overflows managed by the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County, requiring separation of sewer systems and a series of stormwater measures for quality and quantity control. Chazen is working with the City to creatively address stormwater management with a wide range of green practices including permeable pavements, bioretention, tree boxes and a subsurface rainwater harvesting system.

Remsen Street Streetscape Improvements

Following a successful grant application and completion of the design and bidding phases of the project during the summer/fall, Chazen is currently working with the City of Cohoes for installation of the Remsen Street Streetscape Improvements project. The primary goal of the project was to enhance the City’s primary ‘entertainment district’ street through conversion of two-way to one-way traffic and providing bump outs of the sidewalk to emphasize the pedestrian environment while accommodating CDTA’s plans for re-routing of their BRT lines. The $775,000 construction project was delivered on budget, and started construction in early October 2017, reaching substantial completion in December of 2017. Following a winter shut down, the project will finish up in the spring of 20118 with installation of porous rubber tree pits, decorative crosswalks and final shared roadway/parking striping.

The engineering challenges of redeveloping aged infrastructure in downtown areas was evidenced during the design and construction phases of this project. The Remsen Street road bed, like many other streets of its era, was constructed of brick with limited asphalt overlays, shallow curb lines and poorly sloped sidewalk conditions. Precise grading and creative stormwater management was necessary to ensure ADA accessibility, proper drainage and properly performing stormwater conveyances.

Town of Newcomb

Working with Chazen, the Town updated its existing Comprehensive Plan and set out to implement one of its key recommendations: the development of a corridor plan for NYS Route 28N, which serves as its “Main Street”. Chazen helped the Town prepare a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Adirondack Park Community Smart Growth Program Grant, which was awarded in 2011 and helped the Town prepare a Complete Streets Plan to connect land uses and enhances key resources including Overlook Park, Newcomb Central School, Great Camp Santanoni, Town Hall, Huntington Wildlife Forest, and the Adirondack Interpretive Center.

The Plan included a series of multi-use trails, development of shared roadways, sidewalks, community park and recreation improvements. Chazen assisted Newcomb with exploring ways to incorporate place-making design features and amenities throughout the corridor including wayfinding signage, landscaping improvements and utility upgrades.  Newcomb integrated the initiative with a comprehensive marketing and branding strategy designed to attract new visitors and bolster its economy.

 

 

Orangetown Fire Station

Chazen was responsible for all aspects of site design for a new fire station in the Town of Orangetown. Chazen prepared the demolition, site layout, utility and lighting, grading and erosion control, stormwater pollution prevention and county highway entrance plans.

Guilderland Fire Station

Chazen prepared a boundary and topographic survey for a renovation and addition to the Guilderland Fire Station. The parcel comprised of approximately 2.2 acres of land. The limits of the survey extended to the west edge of pavement along Willow Street, north property line of the Guilderland Fire Station, east edge of pavement along Schoolcraft Street and north curb line of Western Avenue.

 

Brown’s Beach

Chazen started working with the Town of Stillwater in 2013 to craft a plan to breathe new life into Brown’s Beach, a 7.3-acre waterfront property, to provide the residents and area tourists with what is the only public beach access on Saratoga Lake.

The proposed improvements included restoration of the existing restaurant/B&B, construction of a new concession building with bathroom facilities, a new open-air waterfront pavilion, restoration of the existing marina, provisions for public access and parking, and restoration of the beach and bathing area.

With an extensive and costly amount of redevelopment needed, and direct costs to the taxpayers to consider, the Town sought to implement a phased construction process that focused on maximizing the value of construction. With a delicate balance of professional design, planning, permitting and engineering assistance by Chazen, combined with privately donated and Town-supplied labor and materials, the Town rebuilt Brown’s Beach in a collaborative, cost-effective manner within a compressed timeline versus traditional design-bid-build methods.

The Town was also creative in devising a long-term management approach for the property, procuring private for-profit operators for the restaurant/B&B and marina while maintaining a Town commitment for property maintenance and beach operations. This sustainable operations approach balances revenue generations with tax-burden implications to ensure that Saratoga Lake’s only public bathing area remains that way for generations to come. Brown’s Beach was officially opened to the public in May of 2015!

 

 

Bethlehem Sanitary Pump Station

Chazen provided survey, design, bidding and construction phase services for the rehabilitation of sanitary sewer pump stations in the Town of Bethlehem. Chazen also performed topographic and limited property boundary survey necessary to prepare survey base mapping for each of the pump station sites.