Cochecho Waterfront Development Update

Cochecho Waterfront Development Update

As we emerge from the severe recession another sign that things are returning to normal is the development of our historic waterfront.  Some new intiatives by the town and contractual commitments are being inked.  No word on the time table for these matters but clearly the town is moving towards the design and development of prized real estate in Dover.

Below is courtesy of the Dover Town Offices:

A Message from the Chair
Dear Friends of the Waterfront,
It has been several months since our last newsletter in July. During that time the Cochecho Waterfront Development Advisory Committee (the Committee) has been working diligently to come up with a plan of work and timetable with our design team – Union Studio. This firm will work with the City on the design, permitting and construction of the public infrastructure needed for private sector development of the waterfront site. These infrastructure projects will include shoreline stabilization, waterfront park design, extension of water and sewer and roadway construction. At its Oct. 21 meeting, the City Council approved the contract with Union Studio.At our Nov. 16 meeting, the Committee heard from Crystal Kent who represents the Friends of the Earth, Sea and Space Center. This group is working toward locating an approximately 50,000 square foot center for integrated exploration of the earth, the sea and space in a portion of Maglaras Park. The group is currently fundraising to undertake a master plan for the project. More detail on this project can be found in the article below.

At this same meeting, we also had an update from Gary Bannon of the Recreation Department on the design and construction of a docking and launch facility along the waterfront for paddle vessels – kayaks, canoes, racing shells, etc. This feature is to be integrated into the overall waterfront development. Through Gary’s efforts the city has received a significant federal grant to design and construct this facility. More details can be found in the article below.

Our next step. We will be working directly with Union Studio to come up with the conceptual design and permitting for the waterfront parcel. Members of their team have already met with CWDAC members, city staff and waterfront stakeholders to kick off the project. We are working toward having initial design concepts completed for our Committee meeting in January 2016.

Thank you again for your support of our efforts to develop our historic waterfront. We would like to hear from you about any thoughts or ideas you may have about redevelopment of the waterfront. Please contact me or any of the Committee members via the e-mail addresses provided in the newsletter.

Your Chairman,

Jack Mettee