Dover NH waterfront residences, plaza, a new look at the development of Cochecho
DOVER – The vision of a major mixed-use development on the city’s seafront is becoming clearer.
Cathartes, the developer, presented new renderings to the city’s Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee this week, revealing his designs for five buildings and surrounding amenities. The plans include 410 residential units – a combination of townhouses and condos, some for sale and some for rent. There are also plans for 28,000 square feet of retail space, which may include restaurants. All this is done in coordination with Dover, which is developing its riverside parks.
The series of new detailed renderings were well received by the committee, which will vote in August on whether to send the project to the next stage, a review by the city’s technical review committee to begin the process of application for site plan of Dover.
“The proposed master plan is really coming in with all the last minute details being worked out,” said Rob Simmons, Cathartes project manager. “We have full elevations and site plans for the entire project completed and ready to be submitted to the city for review. It is an exciting time for the city of Dover as the long-envisioned plan to activate the waterfront becomes a reality. The renderings really bring the project to life. “
Earlier this year, the company reduced the density by 470 units to prioritize green spaces, amenity areas and walking spaces between buildings.
The latest renderings give a street-level glimpse of what this development should look like. This includes a plan to use a selection of native plants for landscaping as well as the reuse of existing granite on the site for benches in resting areas.
Over the past six months, a team of Cathartes have worked closely with the city’s engineers and designers on utility and landscape plans, hoping to ensure the project complements the work of the city on the design of its riverside public park. The waterfront park and lodge are huge drivers of the project, with the ultimate development vision serving as a link between some of Dover’s largest parks and recreation areas.
The goal, city officials said, is for residents to be able to walk from the New Hampshire Children’s Museum downtown to Henry Law Park and Cochecho Waterfront Park, which will diverge in walking trails along the river and up to Maglaras Park. A panoramic view of the river, a kayak ramp, a public boat dock and a building that will house restrooms, concession stands and a park maintenance warehouse are planned.
“We are very excited about how our various landscape areas will interact with the waterfront park,” said Simmons. “It shows how important the waterfront park is for buildings and vice versa. The success of the waterfront project and the success of the public park are an integral part. We believe this collaborative effort has created a wonderful place for people to come together and have fun. the beauty of the river and the surrounding area. “
The project was a three-decade dream of the leaders of Dover to revive this section of the river. Dana Lynch, chair of the Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee, said it has evolved over the past three years from a sketch to a point where it’s easy to view.
“The whole committee is very excited,” said Lynch. “We have been very involved in the process and have worked very hard to balance many moving parts over the years. This will be a project that the whole community will be very proud of and many will enjoy for years to come.”
Plaza should feature restaurants, shops, more
It’s still too early to have specific businesses for the commercial space, according to the developers, but Cathartes said restaurants, retail and coworking offices are high on the priority list for commercial space, some of which could come from a 60-foot esplanade space between mixed-use buildings C and D.
Cathartes asked the Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory for advice on the esplanade. The area has been described as an open gathering place by the developer, both for tenants and public visitors to the site.
“The plaza is a focal point of the project as it interacts directly with the view of the river that the city is building,” said Simmons. “This is also the point in the project where the river begins to pinch River Street. So we thought breaking the buildings at this point would be a successful moment. We looked at a lot of concepts, but we landed on two that we really liked.
The two concepts are similar, with cozy lights hanging above, corners that feature blocks of granite for people to sit on, and small niches for business activities like alfresco dining. But, they are also distinctly different.
The first system has a main passage, with a significant amount of landscaped screens at ground level. The second option is raised with a few passages and nooks both on the raised sections and at ground level.
Lynch said he was personally torn between the two designs, but was initially drawn to the second because of the use of elevation and landscaping for an inviting and more natural look. The committee weighed the pros and cons of the two, noting that the first option, offers more screening from the development parking lot.
“The fact that Cathartes brings this to the table for discussion, asking how these ideas can integrate public construction with private construction, underscores one of the reasons the committee selected them in the first place,” Lynch said. “We know they will choose the best solution for both parties.”
Simmons said the developer is taking the committee’s feedback to create a hybrid plan of aspects the committee liked about the two designs, calling it a final version that “everyone is going to love.”
“The final design will be an inviting oasis that sits within a larger community park,” said Simmons. “Our landscape architect did a great job incorporating the granite blocks that surround the site into our finish design. They used the blocks for benches, retaining walls and even sculptures.”
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Simmons said the plaza and other areas have been spotted as perfect places for art exhibits or sculpture, and Cathartes hopes to work with the city to bring those ideas to life.
“We tried to identify some opportunities for art within our project,” said Simmons. “We understand that the city has started a robust process of identifying locations for public art in their park and we wanted to be sure to complement this in our own project.”
Next steps for developers
In addition to refining the plans for the square, the developer is also exploring solar power opportunities with flat roofs as well as other green opportunities.
The Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee will review detailed plans and engineering and architectural drawings over the next week and send comments to Cathartes for their consideration at the committee meeting, tentatively scheduled for 17 August.
“Once we have reviewed these plans, we will ultimately recommend that they begin to move forward and submit a formal submission to the City of Dover for a sitemap review,” Lynch said.
Lynch said that once the project moves forward, the committee’s work is not done. He said the committee will remain involved with the project as it evolves, and although it will not be as heavily involved once construction begins as early as next year, there will remain an arbiter to represent interests. of the city in case of change or problem. in diets.
Simmons said Cathartes looks forward to the committee greenlighting a positive recommendation for approval, so they can begin the site plan application process.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the process that has brought us to this point and we look forward to being a part of the Dover community for decades to come,” said Simmons.
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