The dismantling of the elevated Central Artery highway opened up several new parcels for downtown infill development. Parcel 24/One Greenway, a 70,000 square-foot sliver located in a residential Chinatown neighborhood, is one such parcel. The open space between two new residential buildings will be an important circulation link and a green outdoor space will knit the development back into the community for neighborhood residents.
Flanked by mixed use ground floor and community uses and adjacent housing, busy Albany Street at the terminus of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is connected to quiet, residential Hudson Street below. The landscape cascades down a total of 24 feet with gardens, lawn, deck and a proposed sculptural water feature on terraces between the two streets. The pathway to lower Hudson Street is elevated above the planted slope allowing for continuous, lush planting and creating overlooks and varied experiences for the pedestrian. The design of the open space at Parcel 24 was influenced by this Chinatown corner’s strong sense of history, diverse social fabric, and dynamic, invested community. The project was completed in Fall of 2015, and is LEED Silver.