As a river-adjacent site, this property has extensive wetland and flood zone restrictions that limit developable area. The master plan protects and enhances the site’s existing ecosystems, water bodies, and parks by leveraging the undevelopable land as an opportunity to let open space guide the vision. Trails lie at the heart of the plans for The River District, providing recreational activities, increased mobility, and greater individual health.
Envisioned as the ideal blend of urban life and natural allure, The River District is designed to immerse the vibrancy and diversity of city living into a place that celebrates, protects, and provides direct access to the natural environment. To accomplish this, the design team took a small-scale approach to master planning – focusing on the daily lives of the residents and how people want to live. To create a concentration of people and activity, the design team applied fundamental urban design principles, mixing density, a diversity of uses, and public spaces within compact, pedestrian-scaled blocks.