NEW YORK, NY –New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), in partnership with the Hudson Square Business Improvement District (BID), announced Prima Paving Corporation, Sam Schwartz Engineering, D.P.C., and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects have been selected as the joint consultancy team that will advance a major public-private, design-build investment between Canal Street and West Houston. The project’s streetscape improvements will strengthen Hudson Square by enhancing pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular traffic safety, transforming the corridor into a grand boulevard that will increase connectivity.
Prima Paving Corporation will lead the design-build team and will be responsible for overseeing related construction. Sam Schwartz Engineering, D.P.C will lead the engineering, design, agency approvals, and public outreach. Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects will oversee landscape architecture and urban design.
The Hudson Square BID’s comprehensive $27 million streetscape improvement plan, Hudson Square is Now, was conceived as a public-private partnership with the City of New York. Over the last decade, the plan has served a blueprint for substantial physical improvements on public land, designed to manage traffic, create pedestrian-friendly open spaces, promote environmental sustainability, and support retail. The Hudson Street project is the final piece in the multi-phase master plan, including the planting and retrofitting of 250 trees using the award-winning Hudson Square Standard, and the revitalization of Spring Street Park, a state-of-the-art public space that serves as the gateway to Hudson Square.
This key project will extend sidewalks along Hudson Street up to five feet and add new street amenities along the seven-block corridor. The project scope includes:
- 8041 square feet of planting areas filled with various trees, shrubs, and perennials
- Application of the Hudson Square Standard for urban forestry, using continuous tree pits and permeable pavers to maximize stormwater capture and support healthier trees
- New benches providing the capacity for approximately 168 seats
- 2,255 square feet of allowable space for future sidewalk cafes
- Sidewalk realignments and new pedestrian ramps
- A dedicated and parking-protected bike lane on Hudson Street from Houston to Canal Street
- Over 40 additional bicycle racks
“The Hudson Street streetscape will become a vibrant destination for surrounding communities,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “We are pleased to work with our agency partners, community stakeholders and design-build consultants to help expedite this project in record time to beautify the neighborhood and improve public safety conditions for all New Yorkers.”