WSP is collaborating with the LDC and the Village of Sleepy Hollow on the project, and is responsible for site planning, urban design, flood resilience and hydraulic analysis of the east parcel.
Some of the plans for the site include creation of a civic center, athletic fields and courts, an amphitheater for performances, a new Department of Public Works (DPW) facility, a walking trail and a skate park. The project will include improvement of the site’s storm water treatment, protection of its critical infrastructure, and overall strengthening of public access to the reclaimed waterfront.
“The goal of the project is to serve as a central passive and active recreational space for Sleepy Hollow’s 10,000 residents, and for the future population growth planned for the west parcel redevelopment,” Shrivastava said. “It will be an area of history, diversity, mobility and culture, serving the citizens of Sleepy Hollow and attracting the interest of residents in adjacent communities and tourists.”
Planning for the $50 million east parcel riverfront redevelopment began in 2015 and is moving forward to generate funds to start developing construction documents and final proposed design. It is currently targeted for completion in 2021.
An integrated approach was taken to turn design challenges into opportunities. The design concept highlights a holistic approach in urban design, engineering, construction, landscape design and flood modelling to re-imagine the flood prone area and create infrastructure that serves multiple purposes.
The DPW facility is relocated at the higher elevation and the civic space is designed at the focal street intersection to serve as an emergency beacons and relief centers. The resulting redevelopment is a key step in the village’s revitalization and reclamation of the waterfront in the face of risks from climate change and sea-level rise.