Albany Medical Center Environmental Impact Statement

Lake George Data Atlas Development Potential Estimates

Complete Street Planning and Advocacy Support

Route 9 Gateway Plan

Hudson River Waterfront Redevelopment Plan

Potsdam Downtown & Waterfront Revitilization Plan

Durkee Street Downtown Revitalization Plan

Albany Medical Center Environmental Impact Statement

Albany, NY

The Albany Medical Center desired to expand and renovate its main tertiary care facility, the largest in upstate New York. The project involved the demolition of approximately 65,000 square feet of existing facilities and the construction of a 325,000-square foot, four-story patient wing to include an elevator tower. The project also included renovations to existing facilities. Site improvements included a new entrance to the emergency department and a pedestrian bridge to provide connectivity to a newly constructed parking garage.

Chazen handled all permitting including site plan, special use permit, and area variance approvals for the project. Chazen obtained clearance from NYSOPRHP SHPO and certifications from HUD, and the EIS addressed issues, traffic generation/circulation, emergency services access and public utility demand issues.

 

 

Lake George Data Atlas Development Potential Estimates

Lake George, NY

Chazen prepared the Lake George Data Atlas, a project funded by the Lake George Association and the Lake Champlain/Lake George Regional Planning Board. The Data Atlas is a first ever compilation of watershed specific population, housing, land use, and infrastructure data for the 12 communities located in the Lake George Park. The Data Atlas explores development potential (build out) of the entire watershed and presents this information in a highly readable graphic format. The project involved an intensive data collection effort, a robust GIS evaluation, interviews with stakeholders and a variety of public presentations across three counties. Community profiles were developed for the 11 towns and village that call Lake George home. The Data Atlas is used to spark dialogue about the lake’s future.

Complete Street Planning and Advocacy Support

Warren & Washington Counties, NY

Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play is a Glens Falls Hospital Health Promotion Center initiative funded by the New York State Department of Health. Chazen worked with the program to promote the understanding and implementation of Complete Streets in Warren and Washington Counties.

Chazen conducted a series of hands-on Complete Street workshops that focused on how pedestrian and transportation improvements can facilitate healthy living choices and opportunities. Chazen facilitated a “Complete Streets Takeover Day,” temporarily transforming a roadway in the Town of Kingsbury to a pedestrian friendly Complete Street. The hands on educational event included temporary striping of the road to narrow drive lanes, adding a bike lane, providing crosswalks, and introducing other traffic calming features. A broad cross section of citizens, advocates and local leaders got to experience the benefits of complete streets. Concurrently Chazen prepared concept plans for the Towns of Warrensburg, Kingsbury, Lake Luzerne, Queensbury as well as the Village of Hudson Falls. These plans have been used to improve street safety.

 

Route 9 Gateway Plan

Lake George, NY

Northbound travelers visiting the Town of Lake George enter from US Route 9 as they exit I-87 (the Northway). Wide travel lanes, lack of access control, cluttered signage, and the absence of pedestrian and landscape features created an unattractive entrance to the Town. Acknowledging the importance of the gateway, the Town hired Chazen to assist the community in developing a new vision for Route 9 with the establishment of the Route 9 Gateway Plan.

The plan called for improved connectivity to the Lake George Battleground State Park and waterfront areas, provisions for snowmobiles, lighting and landscaping treatments, and green stormwater infrastructure. Pedestrian and multimodal improvements include bike lanes, bus stops, crosswalks (including a mid-block HAWK signal), planted medians, trail connections, and access management features.

The plan was prepared with a small “seed grant.” The results inspired action by the NYSEFC, NYSDOT and NYSDOS resulting in these agencies funding over $8M to design and construct the improvements.

 

Hudson River Waterfront Redevelopment Plan

Queensbury, NY

Chazen assisted the Town of Queensbury with preparation of the Hudson River Waterfront Redevelopment Plan which focused on reuse of a former 45-acre industrial site located on the Hudson River.

The project included an extensive inventory of site conditions, exploration of a series of alternate development scenarios, a market/feasibility study, meetings/negotiations with the site’s current property owners, preliminary engineering, cost estimates and development of pro-formas evaluating the various alternatives. The preferred concept envisions 260,000 square feet of flex space, a waterfront visitor’s center, commercial infill, a solar array, and a waterfront park.

Potsdam Downtown & Waterfront Revitilization Plan

Potsdam, NY

Chazen helped the Village of Potsdam prepare a NYSDOS Local Waterfront and Downtown Revitalization Plan. The goal of the plan was to improve physical and economic connections between Potsdam’s downtown and the Raquette River. The scope included extensive public outreach, involving committee meetings, interviews, focus groups, social media outreach and web based surveys. The plan included improvements to the Village’s Ives Park, construction of a “Riverwalk” trail that connects the downtown to the river, Complete Streets improvements to the downtown streetscape, creation of a regional visitor’s center, and a whitewater park all within the Village’s downtown area. Subsequent to adoption of the plan, Chazen developed a successful grant application to the NYSDOS Inland Waterways Program for implementation of its first phase.

 

 

 

 

Durkee Street Downtown Revitalization Plan

Plattsburgh, NY

Chazen assisted the City of Plattsburg with the development of a revitalization plan and feasibility study for the Durkee Street property, a 5-acre brownfield site located on the Saranac River in the heart of downtown.  The site represents a key opportunity to connect the downtown to the waterfront and create a mixed-use development with a public gathering place for visitors and downtown patrons. The plan focused on creating a food hub and culinary business incubator as well as an urban lifestyle center. Chazen’s scope of work included public outreach and engagement, a market analysis, concept development, consensus building to select a preferred development option, and implementation and funding strategies.

Plattsburg was selected as the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) winner and was awarded $10M to support the implementation of the Durkee Street project.