For multifamily developments in urban areas, land constraints cause developers to waver over the best use of the site. Often, they are forced to choose between increasing building footprints to maximize residential units and offering the plentiful amenities that residents are looking for. But for a proposed project in New London, Connecticut, Bohler’s landscape architecture team devised design solutions that enabled the developer to have it both ways — maximized building footprints and parking as well as plenty of enticing, high-end features to attract potential residents.
Concept of Shipway 221, a multifamily development in New London, Connecticut.
Shipway 221, a six-acre proposed multifamily development is positioned to be the first new construction in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London in 17 years. Bohler’s Senior Landscape Architect Leslie Fanger overcame the developer’s challenges with a creative urban design approach. With 200 units in three five-story buildings and ground floor parking, the site was maximized for living space. To accommodate the other needs, Leslie took the design vertical, locating a host of amenities, including a pool with moveable enclosure for year-round use, a fire bar, two outdoor kitchens, a sunken fire pit with integrated seating and an outdoor movie theater wall feature on the second floor.
Bohler’s landscape design incorporates community elements and gathering spaces as streetscape improvements. A granite wall water feature that integrates the site signage is strategically located on the street-facing side of the main building with a patio area that provides seating in a high foot-traffic area. The other two buildings feature fire pits, patios and lawn area along the street.