Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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(Continued on page 18) 16 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Twenty-five miles from midtown Manhattan, the town of Clarkstown, N.Y., has been ranked one of the 100 best places to live by Money Magazine, one of the safest places to live in the U.S. by Morgan Quitno Press, and recently, the number one place for 'Booming Suburbs' in New York State by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. The hamlet of New City, near the geographical center of Clarkstown, is a high profile area that houses local government seats and South Main Street. New City's main thoroughfare encompasses a mile-long business district with a unique commercial landscape and town services, where time had taken its toll on the infrastructure and landscape. Haphazard access to businesses, poor integration of private properties with public spaces, aging streets with patched asphalt, eroding curbs and sidewalks, a tangle of overhead utilities, and a muddle of conflicting styles along South Main Street combined to create an unfriendly environment that adversely affected businesses and was not conducive to private investment. After lengthy assessments of the physical condition and effectiveness of the existing infrastructures and streetscape, a master plan with a wide scope was developed for South Main Street's revitalization. A commitment to rebuild the New City community with a three-phase plan that addresses the two-mile downtown streetscape will conclude in the summer of 2014. The public investment in the transformation of New City stimulated private expenditure from the businesses and property owners in the area and rejuvenated commerce. The modernized, pedestrian friendly space is transforming the home of the county and town governments into a beautiful, vital city center. Maser Consulting P.A., Behan Planning and Design and FP Clark Associates were hired to transform the existing corridor from a vehicle-dominated strip to a pedestrian-oriented realm. The unique creation of a cohesive, park-like business district with improved traffic flow, increased safety for vehicles and pedestrians, and a high level of ADA accessibility guided every aspect of the project design. Street aprons that lead into off-street parking areas were raised to slow incoming vehicles, provide a continuous sidewalk grade, and maintain a consistent walking surface to give priority to the pedestrian. h a rd s c a p e s By Richard Hopkins and Maraliese Beveridge, Maser Consulting P.A. Clarkstown City Center Above The city center in Clarkstown, N.Y., needed extensive renovations to transform aging streets and sidewalks, unsightly overhead utilities and poorly integrated public spaces into a pedestrian friendly environment. Materials and textures used to connect the roadway and sidewalks include split face granite curbing, herringbone patterned brick with custom color combinations and diamond shaped brick accents.

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