Saco Transportation Building Saco, Maine Nominated by Lasell Architects This project is a new mixed use transportation building serving the communities of Saco and Biddeford at the Amtrak DownEaster’s Saco, Maine, station stop. The jury was particularly impressed by the recently completed building’s sustainable design, which is integrated environmentally and urbanistically with the surrounding area, including a former mill complex and the adjoining communities’ downtown areas.
Portwalk Portsmouth, New Hampshire Nominated by Elkus Manfredi Architects and DeStefano Architects The Portwalk mixed use development will replace the antiquated Parade Mall in downtown Portsmouth, including four buildings of mixed uses over an underground parking garage. The first phase of the redevelopment effort – the construction of a new Hilton Garden Inn – has already been completed. Of particular importance in the jury’s selection of this project was its restoration of the historic city street grid, which had been disrupted by the construction of the defunct shopping mall.
Winooski Downtown Redevelopment Project Winooski, Vermont Nominated by Hallkeen The Winooski Downtown Redevelopment Project has revitalized this small city’s downtown with new development that respects the cityʹs urban and industrial character and history. Through this project, the city preserved or restored nearly 100 acres of natural habitat, returned vacant properties to productive use, created several neighborhood parks, and built the pedestrianfriendly RiverWalk, leveraging $39 million in public funds into a private‐side investment of over $169 million.
Hamilton Canal District Lowell, Massachusetts Nominated by City of Lowell, Massachusetts This project proposes to redevelop more than 15 acres of City, State, and Federally owned land in the heart of Lowell with a dense, mixed use development that would extend the city’s vibrant downtown along three major industrial era canals. The jury especially appreciated the close public-private partnership between the City and Trinity Hamilton Canal, the private developer, the broad public involvement process used to produce the project’s vision, and the use of an as of right form based code to permit the development locally.
Southside Gateway Providence, Rhode Island Nominated by Rhode Island Housing Completed in 2008, this mixed use development provides 10 ground floor affordable commercial spaces and 35 affordable rental apartments. Situated at a critical entry point on Providence’s south side, Southside Gateway has access to RIPTA bus service and is a short walk from DownCity Providence and the medical research area. The jury found this project’s combination of innovative design with affordable commercial as well as residential space to be particularly impressive.
Hamden SmartCode Hamden, Connecticut Nominated by Robert Orr Associates Based on a four day charrette in late October 2007 that showed how the town could accommodate economic development while handling traffic better and enhancing existing neighborhoods and business districts, the Hamden SmartCode focuses on rezoning several of the town’s existing commercial areas to accommodate mixed uses and more intense development. The jury’s selection of this project was particularly influenced by the fact that the proposed zoning text amendments are currently being considered for adoption by the Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission and would therefore represent the first fully adopted SmartCode in New England.