Demolition begins on Portsmouth’s ‘ugliest building’


Isn’t it beautiful?

Charles McMahon brings us this story of the demolition of the Parade Office Mall, the “ugliest building” in Portsmouth, NH.  It will be replaced by a LEED-certified, four-building complex which will include residences, retail, office and a hotel.  Parking will be relegated to an underground garage.  The development will include a private street that will function to complete a pedestrian loop through downtown and will be a site for outdoor seating and other pedestrian amenities.  It has recieved a 2009 Urbanism Award from the New England chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism.  The first project, which should take about a year, will be a 128-room Marriott hotel with retail and restaurants on the ground floor.  I think this is a very exciting project, and in a real New Urbanist tradition, a great way to replace an old, ugly mall.

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