Once forgotten, a waterfront property becomes a resilient, versatile space
The former Amethyst Lot area in downtown Portland contains three acres (over one hectare) of underutilized waterfront land, 10 acres (four hectares) of submerged lands, and plenty of potential. The City of Portland retained our team as lead landscape architect and engineer to craft a new vision for this vital waterfront space on Casco Bay.
The project involves the design of a marine facility and urban open space for the site, which is currently a combination of city-owned lands and associated submerged lands in the eastern waterfront redevelopment district. Included in the project are an instructional and recreational sailing school and the stabilization of Moon Tide Park, a contaminated space.
To create the development program and design concepts for this waterfront gateway to Portland, we're leading a work group and stakeholder committee and conducting public engagement meetings. Our designers have already prioritized uses, established a design program, developed design concepts, and developed a planning budget and implementation strategy.
Drawing on advanced technologies and our capabilities in waterfront open space design, storm surge, coastal flooding, and wave attenuation, we created a model of the preferred alternative that illustrates the site’s potential.
The preferred concept integrates coastal resiliency, water-dependent recreation and commerce, gathering and seating, and a flexible waterfront event space in the heart of downtown.
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