In 2002 a pair of major developments was proposed for a 600-acre site along 1.5 miles of the Hudson River in Kingston, NY. The combination of Sailor’s Cove and Hudson Landing would have resulted in over 2,500 units of housing, 250,000 SF of commercial space, and a 200-slip marina on a largely derelict site.
During the public comment period, many individuals and groups expressed concerns for the scale of the development and the potential visual impact on the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District as well as the Estates District Scenic Area of Statewide Significance (SASS).
Scenic Hudson and the Friends of the Kingston Waterfront retained TJD&A to develop an alternative plan for the site, based upon New Urbanist principles that stressed sensitivity to the site, created livable neighborhoods, and provided access to the waterfront. The resultant plan and review of the initial submission formed the basis for a significant re-design by AVR, the larger of the two development interests.