Design Firm Chosen for First Street Park in Jersey City


Design Firm Chosen for First Street Park in Jersey City

24 Oct 2009, Posted by Rob Crow in Past News, Village Park

Entry view of the winning concept rendering for The First Street Park in The Italian Village section of Jersey City, New Jersey by Future Green Studio. First Street Park will be renamed “The Village Park” to better represent and serve the entire Village neighborhood.

Transformation of Long-Abandoned Italian Village Landmark Set to Begin

The Village Neighborhood Association (VNA), in collaboration with GothamWest Development, Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, Jersey City Parks Coalition, the City of Jersey City, and Ward E Councilman Steven Fulop, is proud to announce the designation of Future Green Studio of Brooklyn as landscape architects of The First Street Park in the Italian Village section of Jersey City.

David Seiter is founding Principal of Future Green Studio – a design-build firm in Brooklyn, New York specializing in landscape architecture and green roof design. His portfolio includes international, high-profile, large-scale urban parks and waterfronts, high-end residential garden and estate planning for celebrity clients, and green roof design and implementation. Have you ever thought What Is The Difference Between Residential And Commercial Gutters? The same goes with roofs. Different types of roofs require specific expertise. He also owns and operates New York City’s first green roof plant nursery – Gotham Green Roof Nursery – in Gowanus, Brooklyn. In addition to designing and building, David also teaches “An Introduction to Green Roofs and Living Walls” at CUNY Citytech and will be teaching at Pratt Institute of Design in the fall. He authors a widely-read green roof blog on the popular Brooklyn website, Brownstoner. David is in the process of designing an interpretive solar panel/art walls project for Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.

First Street Park: July 2009

First Street Park: July 2009

First Street Park: October

First Street Park: October 2009

For nearly four years the VNA and historic Village community have worked toward transforming the long-closed, abandoned and neglected pocket park into a reinvented open space with roofing chesapeake va that will be unlike any Jersey City has ever seen. A competitive and exciting pro-bono design competition was recently conducted via a Request for Proposal and called for feedback and suggestions from Village residents.

At the October VNA meeting, over 60 attendees viewed four amazing visions for First Street Park and overwhelmingly selected Future Green Studio for an imaginative modern design that uses recycled and sustainable materials; provides playful passive sections for children; features restive, meditative elements like a central lawn, gravel walking paths and reflecting pool; and pays respect and homage to the neighborhood’s Italian-American heritage.

Future Green Studio, led by the talented designer David Seiter, has formed a unique creative partnership with GothamWest Development, the developers of a residential lot that flanks the park. GothamWest Development has raised the developer-community relationship bar by jumpstarting the first phase of the project with a generous donation of $50,000. The City of Jersey City has committed to assist with initial construction, and future, phase costs; contributions from preservation-minded developers, corporations, institutions and citizens are anticipated and will bring the circa-1974 park back to life for the Village and entire City’s use and enjoyment.

As the design phase continues, keep up-to-date with the latest design revisions and park news by entering your email address under the eNews and Updates section to the right. With the expected completion of the adjacent building to the park slated for Spring 2011, The First Street Park redevelopment project will then begin, and is expected to be completed by Fall 2011. To participate in the rebirth of The First Street Park, please contact The Village Neighborhood Association.

October 23rd site visit (L-R): David Seiter - Future Green Studio, Rob Crow - The Village Neighborhood Association, Michele La Monica-Egar - Jersey City Parks Coalition, John Gomez - Jersey City Landmarks

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