Saranac Lake Park Vision Plan

Upper Hudson Recreation Hub

Winnakee Land Trust

Amsterdam Transit Oriented Development

Canal Square Park

Remsen Street Streetscape Improvements

Troy Urban Trails

Veteran’s Memorial Park

Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Troy North Waterfront Extension

Saranac Lake Park Vision Plan

The primary purpose of the project focused on establishing a unique and holistic plan to enhance key parks in the Village of Saranac Lake, including the development of visionary designs and prioritized improvements throughout the Village’s park system. The Village Board of Trustees, the Community Development Department and the Parks and Trails Advisory Board lead a coordinated public participation process that was supported by the local residents and regional stakeholders. The visioning process included community workshops to solicit programming needs and build consensus for the park uses, recreational opportunities, preservation features and to ensure that a wide range of amenities were provided in the Village’s parks.

Chazen reviewed the existing conditions, recreational features, opportunities and challenges for eleven (11) parks with the Village of Saranac, this included coordinating recreational and preservation programs for each park. Chazen developed conceptual designs, plans and illustrative perspectives to best program each park. We conducted community workshops and met with key stakeholders to evaluate the conceptual park designs and programming. We then prepared the final Park Vision Concept plans and prepared estimates of probable cost to implement the recommendations at each park. The parks included in the Park Vision Plan served as a tremendous community resource that the Village is continuously leveraging for the benefit of its residents and as dynamic destinations for visitors. The project was funded in part by the New York Department of State Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

 

 

 

 

Upper Hudson Recreation Hub

On a 200-acre property containing the former Frontier Town, Chazen delineated wetlands and other aquatic resources and evaluated ecological resources to advance the NYSDEC’s plans for a new campground and tourism hub. Led pre-application meetings with the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) in advance of the permitting to evaluate APA’s remote sensing of wetlands compared to on-site conditions. Chazen coordinated with the NYSDEC for protected streams, the Adirondack Park Agency for state wetlands, and the Corps for federal aquatic resources including obtaining an Approved Jurisdictional Determination for isolated wetlands. Chazen identified how aquatic resources were regulated on-site, and presented this information to NYSDEC leadership in Albany, NY. Obtained validations from the three regulatory agencies

Winnakee Land Trust

The Winnakee Land Trust retained Chazen to prepare a comprehensive feasibility study to identify potential multi-modal pathways and various trail routes that connect the Village of Rhinebeck with the surrounding Villages and Hamlets of Rhinecliff, Red Hook, Tivoli and Staatsburg. This includes several waterfront access opportunities along the Hudson River. The Hucklebush Corridor could serve as a primary route through the region. The Greenway Trail and Empire Trail would also serve as primary collector routes. Based on this study, priority components of an integrated network have been analyzed from a planning and engineering perspective and a strategic decision-making framework has been developed. This work has been developed to advance and implement bike, pedestrian and equestrian trails throughout Northern Dutchess County and connect us to our cherished resources.

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.

Troy Urban Trails

Chazen is currently working with the City of Troy as well as the Rensselaer Land Trust to develop and market a vision for an urban trail network from downtown Troy up through a series of historically and naturally significant land parcels and preserves. Chazen played a large role in mapping and detailing a preferred Phase I trail network that follows the Wynantskill Creek, weaving in and out of stunning wetlands, waterfalls and gorges. Other key design features include pedestrian bridges, boardwalks, interpretive signage, and an entry kiosk and parking area. Through planning, design and robust renderings, Chazen was able to help the City submit Phase I of the project for funding through a 2017 CFA application.

Veteran’s Memorial Park

This community engagement project involved the renovation of an existing public greenspace  to transform the site into a first-class memorial park honoring the City of Cohoes’ service veterans. The park development process was a collaboration of the Cohoes Veterans Committee, City Officials and contributions from the City Department of Public Works to maximize the available funding to deliver maximum impact for the community. Memorial elements included relocation of monuments residing in other areas of the City, new service branch monuments and flags, memorial cannons, and donor pavers, benches and flags. Park improvements included decorative pavements, viewing nodes, seating areas, new pedestrian lighting and landscape enhancements.

Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Chazen prepared a design for the recently-constructed Perrella Sculpture Garden and World Trade Center Memorial at Fulton-Montgomery College. The new sculpture garden weaves campus visitors in and out of intimate seating plazas through an array of sculptural elements and a custom fountain with views toward the scenic countryside. The visitor’s eye is ultimately guided up to a reclaimed sculptural mass of antennae from the North World Trade Tower sitting atop a memorial plinth on the North end of the garden. The memorial is designed in such a fashion so that the point of the antennae’s shadow annually falls directly upon two stone obelisks set in the landscape at precisely the times the towers fell on September 11th.

Troy North Waterfront Extension

Chazen is working with the City of Troy in the redevelopment of the City’s waterfront promenade between the Hedley Building and Riverfront Park. The primary goals of the project are to strengthen the pedestrian linkage between the downtown business areas along ‘restaurant row’ and the redeveloped public park area to the south, and to enhance the pedestrian interaction with Troy’s underutilized waterfront. The initial concept planning has been completed with design development documents currently being advanced in concert with current City marina pre-construction plans.