Perspective view of the plan to revitalize Shawsheen Village
By Eric Inman Daum
Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
Last Sunday’s charrette at the Boston office of Albert Righter & Tittmann was a great success. The session was attended by chapter members Aaron Helfand, Adam Bonosky, Crystal Victoria Olin, Michael Maloof, Rosemary Battles Foy and myself, Eric Daum, a resident of Shawsheen Village.
The aerial view above and the street level perspective below were drawn by me, and the detail plan was drawn by Ms. Olin.
A second charette was held on June 6. Several notable images emerged from that event, and they are published at the end of this post.
The third charette generated a revised plan for the new northern path from Main Street opposite the Aberdeen to the courtyard at Brickstone. We also were able to set building heights for proposed new buildings and began to discuss the program for each typology – commercial retail, commercial office, residential, institutional, etc.
- Perspective of proposed view north across Shawsheen Square
We also decided to scale back the synagogue and limit new building to the southern end of its site. We also proposed adding a new structure just to the north of it.
Ms. Foy, an architectural historian, will begin to assemble an inventory of all the existing buildings in Shawsheen Village, using the existing documentation prepared for the historic designation as a starting point.
For the time being, a number of us have divided the site plan into neighborhoods and each of us will be developing the AutoCad plan for that area. Our goal is to present our preliminary work at a joint salon of our ICA & CA chapter and the regional Congress of the New Urbanism. that presentation will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m., at the College Club in Boston. We have an invitation to present it as well to the Andover Preservation Commission in mid October or November.
After presenting in Andover, we would like to invite design professionals, architects, landscape architects and planners to select buildings from the plan that they would like to develop in detail.
For more information, the Shawsheen Village charette team has a Facebook group set up. Please feel free to visit or join. The address is: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=126311470716645. Or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following three images are from the second charette. They include a section and a perspective by Mr. Bonosky, and a plan by the group, which may be seen by clicking on the link “shawmasterpl” below.