COW'S ALTERNATIVE CONCEPT

In April 2013 COW publicly presented a concept as one alternative idea to the NRA’s plan to construct a private development of shops and condominiums on the city’s waterfront.

The concept sought to:

  • Integrate our waterfront park with the Merrimack River and celebrate Newburyport’s maritime history 

  • Preserve and enhance our existing waterfront spaces and activities 

  • Create new spaces and opportunities for additional waterfront activities

  • Design landscaped parking lots that are compartmentalized and allow flexible uses

  • Create environmentally sensitive areas that require minimal maintenance and are storm proof 

 

In 2016 COW revised its plan with these goals in mind:

  • Preserve, enlarge and improve the existing waterfront park

  • Preserve and enhance the Wayes to the Water

  • Provide a limited visual buffer from the parking lots

  • Visually improve the existing parking lots

  • Create compartmentalized and flexible-use parking

  • Integrate the Rail Trail into the Central Waterfront 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Concept 

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2016 Revised Concept  

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In August 2016 the Waterfront Trust endorsed COW's new proposal in concept.

Here are some of the highlights of the revised vision:

Both the east and west sides of the existing waterfront park have been expanded.  

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COW is encouraging the NRA and the city to restore the Lower Custom House Waye as it was originally planned.

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 The new concept provides for a maximum amount of parking while keeping cars blocked from view.

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A new feature is a waterway through hillocks that will provide drainage for the parking lots and a natural buffer from the cars. 

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Framing this beautiful waterfront park, there can be a variety of restaurants and shops built on the surrounding land already owned by private developers.

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 For a more detailed look at COW's latest concept, please watch our video powerpoint here:

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