Our design team’s site plan recommendations for redevelopment at Friendship Court were shaped by a variety of issues and concerns for current and future residents, the surrounding neighborhoods, and the financial realities of redevelopment.
Below, you’ll see some of the considerations that influenced the proposed number of buildings, their size, and placement on the site. As the design process moves forward, the details of these areas will be more fully defined.
What we heard: Residents believe that mixed-income redevelopment may mean access to additional opportunities for their children.
What we propose: Introduce amenities and services throughout the site.
What we heard: More than 50% of current residents are under 18. Kids at Friendship Court start school two years behind their peers in learning skills.
What we propose: Create a world-class Early Childhood Center that not only serves Friendship Court but also the surrounding areas.
What we found out: We can’t build over Pollocks Branch, and it would cost too much to move it.
What we propose: Organize buildings around the underground channel so that Pollocks Branch can run through the side unimpeded.
What we heard: Existing courtyards cater mainly to young children.
What we propose: Create courtyards with discrete, secure spaces that serve a diversity of users. Include amenities such as grills and plants.
What we heard: The community garden has a long history within the community.
What we propose: Relocate the garden to honor the “no displacement of current residents” pledge, but give it a place of prominence as part of the new public green.
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In our next Master Plan blog post, we’ll examine the decision-making process for green infrastructure on the site.
Source: Friendship Court Redevelopment Master Plan, December 2016 – Master Plan Proposal (The Plan: Proposed Site Plan)