|Ariel photograph of riverfront. Boathouse/banquet facility|
parcel outlined in red
Mayor Daniel T. Drew is pleased to announce the beginning of process to design a new community boathouse and banquet facility on the Riverfront. The City had hired a team to experienced firms to help investigate the site and design a concept for the new rowing facility, Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC) and Tighe and Bond.
The banquet facility and boathouse was part of the report by Project for Public Spaces, submitted in January 2014. Their report, Placemaking on the Middletown Riverfront, included the following:
|Scheme for a boathouse and banquet facility building|
A space that could hold 300-400 people for a performance was suggested several times. We estimate that a space of about 6,000 sf on the second floor above the boat storage could serve that function. That way it would be above the floodplain and offer great views over the river. A terrace and stair could connect the space to a plaza below. It requires further study, but the expanded boathouse does not have to be one big building, it could be two buildings--a larger one with an event space upstairs and a smaller one exclusively for boat storage and rowing program activities upstairs, as we illustrate. This could help reduce the scale of the buildings and be more in keeping with the smaller buildings elsewhere on the riverfront.
ARC and Tighe and Bond responded to an Request For Proposals in September, for architectural and environmental services.
Architectural Resources Cambridge, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a nationally recognized architectural, planning and interior design firm with over 40 years of experience. ARC has experience designing rowing facilities, include Princeton University's C. Bernard Shea Rowing Center, Boston University's DeWolfe Boathouse and Phillips Exeter Academy's William G. Saltonstall Boathouse.
Tighe and Bond is a 100 year old engineering firm with offices in our city, and has extensive expertise dealing with redevelopment of sites that have challenges with brownfields, wetlands and water resources, This study will depend on the input from the public. An online boathouse survey has been posted to collect preliminary public opinion on various aspects that are important to this process.
The online Boathouse Survey can be found HERE.
The public are also invited to participate in a public workshop on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7pm in the Common Council Chambers.
A preliminary concept design will be presented by July 2016, with engineering and environmental investigation to be completed by December 2016.
The City received a $2.6 millions Urban Act Grant from the State of Connecticut to fund this study.
In kicking off this study the Mayor said, "This will be the first piece of the development of the Middletown waterfront and it will establish our community as a statewide and regional destination."