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RBA Kicks off Hudson Highland Fjord Trail Master Plan with a Successful Public Meeting

125 residents of Putnam and Dutchess Counties came out last Wednesday to share local knowledge and provide input for the routing of this 9-mile trail. After sifting through a great deal of valuable input, RBA will be back this summer to present their proposed route after 4 months of careful analysis of this input as well as a variety of technical and regulatory constraints.

For more on this story, click on this link to http://philipstown.info/2014/02/17/let-fjord-trail-hug-hudson-river/

RBA’s Design Project of Washington Street

About 30 Hoboken residents attended a public meeting on Monday night to discuss what they consider major issues associated with a massive renovation and redesign project of Washington Street that is expected to begin sometime in 2014.

The meeting, which was moderated by the urban design firm RBA Group and city officials, was set up as what one RBA employee called an “idea mill.” It is one of several meetings that the administration of Mayor Dawn Zimmer will hold before the City Council is asked to approve RBA’s project proposal. The meeting was split between a presentation on Washington Street’s existing conditions, and residents’ ideas for its reimagination.

For more on this story, please visit The Hudson Reporter website

RBA and the Waterbury Greenway Project

Jackson Wandres from the RBA Group uncorked a far reaching vision for the Waterbury Greenway Project last night during a presentation at the Board of Aldermen in City Hall. RBA had been hired to design the phase one section of the greenway which included the Platts Mills section of the city up to the Eagle Street Bridge (all in the south end), but through an aggressive intervention by Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, those plans expanded to continue north to Colonial Plaza.

To get the full article on this story, visit http://www.waterburyobserver.org/node/1825

RBA to Create Downtown Master Plan for Westport, CT

Town of Westport, CT and its Downtown 2020 Committee recently selected RBA as its choice to create a master plan of development for the downtown area.  The goal of the project is to create a plan that unifies  planned and future developments, creates a framework for integration and further capital investments, and provides implementation strategies that will “carry that stick” to ensure the strategies developed as part of this process will: Protect and evolve the character of the downtown;  Coordinate and assess the impact of new developments; Create a realistic plan to connect to the Saugatuck riverfront with new greenways and smart development while minimizing impact to parking and associated economic 2nd degree impacts; Re-envision how Westport’s streets work with regards to the pedestrian, the implementation of a more bicycle friendly environment and “calming” the traffic/parking monster that Route 1 and Downtown;  Manage storm water – a perennial problem for the Downtown made so obvious by our recent yearly storms; and Re-program, re-design and recruit to grow businesses and to attract visitors and residents downtown after dark, to make Westport an “18 hour” environment that will enhance the economic potential by attracting more unique businesses to allow the Downtown to recapture the old charm of historic and cultural relevance.

As a first phase of the project, RBA is conducting a comprehensive traffic and parking analysis of the downtown area and the Route 1 corridor, developing a baseline of existing traffic conditions and a projection of future traffic conditions at 31 critical intersections.

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RBA Awarded a Contract by New Jersey Department of Treasury for Eatontown Motor Vehicle Renovations

The RBA Group, Parsippany, NJ has been awarded a Professional Services Contract to provide architectural and engineering services for renovations to the Eatontown Motor Vehicle facility in Monmouth County, NJ.

The project includes extensive renovations to both the facility’s exterior envelope and interior of the building including HVAC equipment, barrier free access, finishes and associated site improvements.  The building’s exterior façade will be retrofitted with a new metal panel system including rooftop illuminated signage.  A new road test field house will also be constructed.

The design schedule runs through early 2015.

RBA is currently working for the New Jersey Department of Treasury on the demolition and site restoration of the Greystone Psychiatric Facility in Morristown.

New Rockaways Boardwalk

RBA is part of a design team led by CH2M and includes WXY Architecture selected by New York City Economic Development Corporation to design the new Rockaways Boardwalk damaged by super-storm Sandy.

For more information, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/nyregion/reimagining-a-boardwalk-this-time-in-concrete.html?emc=eta1&_r=0


RBA Involved in the Design of Corona Plaza

Corona residents and business owners got a first look into the future of Corona Plaza.

Before 2012, Corona Plaza, located on Roosevelt Avenue between National and 104th Street, was a busy area filled with trucks, traffic and no open space. After the Queens Economic Development Corporation (EDC) partnered with the Queens Museum, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras and other local groups, the plaza became an open public space allowing residents and visitors to sit down and relax.

Although the public space was expected to be temporary, in March the Department of Transportation (DOT) met with the community to introduce first plans and designs for keeping and improving Corona Plaza as a public space.

During this meeting the public gave its input as to what they wanted to add to the plaza and picked the best initial design from three options.

“We want the community to feel like this is their spot and they helped build it,” said David Strauss, director of external Affairs and Capital Projects of the Queens Museum, which has been working close with the community to receive continuous, direct input.

The DOT and design firm The RBA Group met with the community for a second time on August 24, during the plaza’s one year celebration, to debut two options of the first renderings of the future Corona Plaza.

“We really wanted that second meeting to be outside and allow the people to come up and give their input,” said Prerana Reddy, director of public events at the Queens Museum. “I feel like we’re hearing the same things over and over, so it feels like we got it. People were excited about it.”

Some of the ideas that were included in the renderings were plaza seating, bicycle racks and corrals, a stage for cultural performances, green area, benches, additional trash cans, signage, improved lighting for security, utilizing the space under the No. 7 train for storage, an information/storage kiosk and a drinking fountain.

“Corona Plaza is a vision that the community and I had shared for several years,” said Ferreras. “Since its creation, it has only continued to attract more and more visitors who are seeking a place to meet friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and take in the rich diversity that is our district. As additional plans for the plaza continue to unfold, it is my hope that Corona continues to thrive and becomes a must-see destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike.”

The DOT and design firm will now present the renderings to the city’s Public Design Commission in the next couple of months. According to Reddy, the earliest the community will see the new plaza would be by 2015.