NORWALK, Conn. — Finalized plans for The SoNo Collection’s “underpass” and public realm areas are scheduled to be reviewed Thursday by the Common Council Planning Committee.
The “100 percent design submittal” includes lots of pretty illustrations and recommendations from the Cecil Group for approval.
“The proponent has very successfully revised their project design to diminish the impacts associated with the length of the building coverage,” Steven Cecil wrote to Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Tim Sheehan on March 31, about the planned construction over North Water Street. “We recommend adoption of the amended condition because it better reflects the public interest in the visual qualities and character of North Water Street.”
Cecil also wrote:
“The 100% Design submittal has significantly improved the pedestrian access on the south side of Water Street by creating a more direct route for pedestrians along the street. This design has decorative, graphic, art and architecture features on the walls of the North Water Street underpass. It has retained active storefront and lobby spaces at various locations along North Water Street. The design of the lighting within the underpass area adds variety and highlights key entrances and transitions that will benefit the pedestrian environment. Although the slip ramp configuration has inherent limitations in promoting the pedestrian environment, the proponent has provided significant improvements to establish a safer and more convenient crosswalk configuration than would have occurred if the CMSP (Concept Master Site Plan) design were implemented.”
GGP has significantly exceeded its requirements for public realm, Cecil wrote, recommending approval of the plan.
This includes the rooftop garden, outdoor public plazas and the indoor sculpture garden, more definitively designed in the plans.