Location: Portsmouth, VA | Client: EPA Region 3 and SRI | Project Date: March 2012 – October 2013
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The Paradise Creek Industrial Corridor is strategically located adjacent to Navy operations and a recently completed bridge that significantly increases access. However, economic growth is stymied by underutilized properties and two Superfund sites. With revitalization, the adjacent Cradock neighborhood envisions increasing community amenities and access to the Elizabeth River and Paradise Creek tributary.
With support from EPA’s Superfund Reuse Initiative and Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center, Skeo conducted a charrette process that engaged all stakeholders in evaluating reuse options for the industrial corridor while explicitly considering the needs of the local community, the enhancement of the riparian ecosystems, and the objectives of EPA’s Urban Waters Initiative. A community charrette resulted in goals and opportunities to integrate economic development, environmental stewardship and improved transportation options.
The Final Paradise Creek Industrial Corridor Future Use Plan was completed in October 2013. The Plan identified catalyst projects to revitalize the corridor, improve circulation, incorporate green infrastructure and restore a community’s connection to urban waters. As a result of this process, Portsmouth and EPA Region 3 have a roadmap for aligning cleanup and redevelopment.