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.