Hudson Street’s transformation to a ‘grand allée’ with wide sidewalks and bike lanes progresses

Posted On Thu, May 23, 2019 By

Posted On Thu, May 23, 2019 By In Hudson Square, Landscape Architecture, Transportation, Urban Design

Conceptual rendering by AKRF and W Architecture and Landscape Architecture

The city announced on Thursday that plans to make Hudson Street between Canal and West Houston Streets in Hudson Square into a grand boulevard with wider sidewalks, parking-protected bike lanes and small outdoor “living rooms” with seating surrounded by greenery are moving forward with design and construction teams on board. Prima Paving Corporation, Sam Schwartz Engineering, and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects have been chosen as design-build consultants for the project according to the city’s Economic Development Corporation and Department of Transportation, as well as the Hudson Square BID. The design-build concept means that contracting both the design and construction components to the firms, which will act as a team, can streamline the process.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 and wrap up in 2021. According to a press release, the planned project includes:

  • 8,041 square feet of planting areas
  • New benches providing 168 seats
  • Space for sidewalk cafes
  • A bike lane on Hudson Street from Houston to Canal Streets
  • More than 40 new bike racks
  • Continuous tree pits and permeable pavers

The initiative is part of a $27 million public-private streetscape plan called “Hudson Square is Now.” It has already added 250 trees throughout the neighborhood and given Spring Street Park an update. The Hudson Street project is the final piece of this five-year master plan. The Hudson Square BID will assume the responsibility for maintaining the completed streetscape.

In 2012, the Hudson Square Connection announced a $27 million, five-year neighborhood improvement plan focused on pedestrian safety, traffic flow, and the overall streetscape in order to address the influx of residential, retail, and creative-sector commercial development in the rezoned area bounded by West Houston Street, Canal Street, 6th Avenue, and Greenwich Street at the intersection of Hudson Square, Soho, and the South Village. Additional projects in the plan include the renovation of Hudson Square Park and Freeman Plaza.

Since the 2013 rezoning of the 18 blocks that make up Hudson Square, the neighborhood has transformed from a former printing district to an area of luxury rentals and modern office space. The rezoning allowed for more than 3,300 new residential units, 140,000 square feet of retail and office space and 75,000 square feet of community facilities.

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