As part of an on-going relationship with the City of Newark, H3 has provided master planning and design upgrades to its parks and streetscapes over four years. In 2007, the City commissioned H3 to develop a comprehensive master plan for downtown street improvements. We mapped fifty square blocks of street sidewalks, intersections, urban plazas and parks and developed a plan for phased implementation to complete the project in 24 months.
We focused on substantially upgrading street lighting, enhancing safety, improving visual clarity, and enhancing street landscaping. To complement downtown Newark’s mix of historic and contemporary architecture, H3 developed a custom line of street furnishings including benches, bike racks, trash receptacles and signage poles. Each fixture is designed to facilitate maintenance. We incorporated opportunities for branding and advertising into each fixture, to publicize community sponsorships and activities. A program of street landscaping doubles the number of street trees in the district, while an advanced watering system allows for maintenance of groundcover and seasonal plantings.
Building on that work, H3 provided design review services for the proposed Mulberry Street Plaza, a major welcoming point for pedestrians travelling between the Arena and Newark Penn Station. The City then retained H3 to further examine two additional areas: the Broad Street Gateways and Halsey Village. We reviewed scheduled improvements, advised on possible issues, and developed concepts for additional streetscape enhancements.
Our work with Newark continues with the redevelopment of Military Park, an underutilized public space at Broad and Centre Streets. We have developed program requirements and associated architectural elements.