City Gateway Riverwalk Park
Location: Site Design: Gateway Monument, Parking and Circulation, Landscape
Location: Brewer, Maine
Scope of Work: Create a gateway feature for the City of Brewer that signifies entry into the city, addresses parking needs and is welcoming to pedestrians.
Brewer’s Director of Economic Development retained Context By Design to design an aesthetic replacement for a prominently located decrepit building, which would serve the deficient parking needs of adjacent businesses. Steve evaluated the existing conditions and regulations in comparison to the city’s vision for parking and found that based on then current regulations, a potential parking lot would be too small to be economically viable to construct or maintain. Steve suggested a shared use agreement between the project site and an adjacent grandfathered non-conforming parcel which provided the mutual benefit of circulation space for the parking lot and on-going maintenance for the adjacent parcel.
Once this first of its kind [for Brewer] concept was agreed to by City Council, Steve suggested creating a gateway feature on the lot corner which mirrored an existing brick wall. The plan was embraced by City Management and CBD created project construction plans including details for the replica wall. Construction: Fall 2012.
Contact: D’arcy Main-Boyington, Director of Economic Development, City of Brewer, Maine