An Upscale Makeover
The City of Portsmouth sought to redevelop its historic downtown into a sophisticated and vibrant pedestrian friendly destination. The upscale revitalization plan was the largest downtown makeover since the urban renewal of the 1970s. It returned the northern tier of the historic port city back to a neighborhood that meshes with the community’s chic personality.
Portsmouth’s First LEED Certified Mixed Use Development
This $120 million urban redevelopment project, totaling five acres and 400,000 square feet, was designed to be the first LEED certified mixed-use development in the City of Portsmouth. It includes three upscale hotels, 149 luxury apartments, and 50,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and office spaces. To make way for this redevelopment, the four-acre Parade Mall – a 1970s style asphalt and steel relic amid the city’s brick and beam 19th-century buildings– was razed.
All utilities in the new development are underground, and included updated stormwater design and structures in accordance with the latest best management practices. New water and sewer services were also installed.
The sweet spot of this project’s success was the close collaborative and master planning efforts among the City of Portsmouth, Cathartes Private Investment (a Boston-based private real estate firm), and Tighe & Bond.
Tighe & Bond provided site planning and design, water and wastewater design, and roadway design. We also provided permitting and construction administration.