Dover's 2017 Waterfront Update

Dover’s 2017 Waterfront Update

Greetings, below is an update from the Dover city offices !

“Dear Friends of the Waterfront,
In spite of the recent wintry blast of snow and cold, spring really is around the corner and so is progress on the waterfront project. Although CWDAC did not meet in February there was still work going on.
The paddle sports dock design and permitting has been moving forward and we are hoping to see construction this summer. Union Studio presented the final concept plan for the waterfront at our meeting on March 21. The final public waterfront park design is nearing completion and an 80 percent design level plan was also presented at our last meeting.
In our last newsletter we discussed the plan for excavating the bluff on the south side of the site near River Street in order to make more land available for development. This excavation may also provide fill to raise the level of the northern half of the site to minimize flooding and accommodate sea level rise. The City has selected Severino Trucking to conduct this work which is scheduled to begin after local and state permits are obtained.
As part of this activity as well as dock construction, we have to obtain wetlands permits and to undertake an archaeological assessment of the site. Both these are under way and expected to be completed shortly.
Finally, CWDAC has two new members. Dane Drasher and Kyle Pimental have been appointed by the Mayor and Dover Housing Authority, replacing long time members Jack Buckley and Brian Gottlob.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Your Chairman,

Jack Mettee

Waterfront committee reviews final
concept plan for mixed-use development
At our March 21 meeting, Union Studio presented a final concept plan for the mixed-use development.  See image above and also on the city’s website here.  While the concept plan was in its final stage, Jeremy Lake, of Union Studio indicated, “This final concept plan establishes a vision for the waterfront. However, depending on how the city moves forward with the final development this plan may be adjusted to meet market demands or other proposals that may be attractive, but not penciled out in the current plan.”
Like the initial concept this plan calls for a total of 226 residential units, 9,000 square feet of commercial space and a 4,000-square-foot restaurant on the waterfront property.  Of the 226 residential units, 138 would be part of multi-family buildings, 69 would be townhouses and 12 would be single-family residences.  The plan was reconfigured to allow more green space corridors to the waterfront and also allow for 64 covered parking spaces associated with the apartments on the east side of the parcel.  This allowed for more design flexibility to provide more green space.
Vice Chair Lynch indicated, “the Committee was supportive of this plan and felt that it provided a realistic, positive template which reflects the vision that the city has had for this site for a number of years.”
Barry Abramson of Abramson & Associates, who is working with Union Studio, noted that the preliminary plan would cost the city approximately $12.8 million in upgrades to the waterfront.  These upgrades and improvements could be phased to match the pace of development so the cost would not be felt all at once.  The improvements would include funds for the waterfront park development including docking facilities as well as infrastructure costs for roads, water and sewer to get the site ready for development.  The city would pay for these improvements through the Tax Increment Finance District that has been established in the waterfront area.  He also indicated that proposed development mix would provide a positive financial return.

If all goes according to plan, the city could issue a Request for Proposals for waterfront development later this year with the intent to have a developer on board in late 2017 or early 2018Dear Friends of the Waterfront,

In spite of the recent wintry blast of snow and cold, spring really is around the corner and so is progress on the waterfront project. Although CWDAC did not meet in February there was still work going on.

The paddle sports dock design and permitting has been moving forward and we are hoping to see construction this summer. Union Studio presented the final concept plan for the waterfront at our meeting on March 21. The final public waterfront park design is nearing completion and an 80 percent design level plan was also presented at our last meeting.

In our last newsletter we discussed the plan for excavating the bluff on the south side of the site near River Street in order to make more land available for development. This excavation may also provide fill to raise the level of the northern half of the site to minimize flooding and accommodate sea level rise. The City has selected Severino Trucking to conduct this work which is scheduled to begin after local and state permits are obtained.

As part of this activity as well as dock construction, we have to obtain wetlands permits and to undertake an archaeological assessment of the site. Both these are under way and expected to be completed shortly.

Finally, CWDAC has two new members. Dane Drasher and Kyle Pimental have been appointed by the Mayor and Dover Housing Authority, replacing long time members Jack Buckley and Brian Gottlob.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Your Chairman,

Jack Mettee

Waterfront committee reviews final
concept plan for mixed-use development

At our March 21 meeting, Union Studio presented a final concept plan for the mixed-use development.  See image above and also on the city’s website here.  While the concept plan was in its final stage, Jeremy Lake, of Union Studio indicated, “This final concept plan establishes a vision for the waterfront. However, depending on how the city moves forward with the final development this plan may be adjusted to meet market demands or other proposals that may be attractive, but not penciled out in the current plan.”

Like the initial concept this plan calls for a total of 226 residential units, 9,000 square feet of commercial space and a 4,000-square-foot restaurant on the waterfront property.  Of the 226 residential units, 138 would be part of multi-family buildings, 69 would be townhouses and 12 would be single-family residences.  The plan was reconfigured to allow more green space corridors to the waterfront and also allow for 64 covered parking spaces associated with the apartments on the east side of the parcel.  This allowed for more design flexibility to provide more green space.

Vice Chair Lynch indicated, “the Committee was supportive of this plan and felt that it provided a realistic, positive template which reflects the vision that the city has had for this site for a number of years.”

Barry Abramson of Abramson & Associates, who is working with Union Studio, noted that the preliminary plan would cost the city approximately $12.8 million in upgrades to the waterfront.  These upgrades and improvements could be phased to match the pace of development so the cost would not be felt all at once.  The improvements would include funds for the waterfront park development including docking facilities as well as infrastructure costs for roads, water and sewer to get the site ready for development.  The city would pay for these improvements through the Tax Increment Finance District that has been established in the waterfront area.  He also indicated that proposed development mix would provide a positive financial return.

If all goes according to plan, the city could issue a Request for Proposals for waterfront development later this year with the intent to have a developer on board in late 2017 or early 2018″

Cheers!