After a community engagement workshop in February, Friends of the Public Square (FOPS) issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a landscape architect firm to develop design options for Seventh Street Park, a.k.a. the Public Square.
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners PLLC has been chosen to take on the project. Starr Whitehouse, which has an office in the 500 block of Warren Street, is the architectural firm for the redesign of the entrance plaza to Promenade Hill, a project that is now nearing completion.
Gail Wittwer-Laird, director of Starr Whitehouse, wrote in her firm's successful application:
The challenges of updating a historic park for contemporary uses, while maintaining its original design intent and character, are embedded in the culture of Starr Whitehouse. Our leadership brings over 30 years' [experience] in the restoration and reinvigoration of historic and iconic parks and landscapes in New York, such as Central Park, Riverside Park, The Battery, St. Mary's Park and Jones Beach State Park. As civic landscape architects and planners, we are excited to bring this experience to bear on the sensitive reclamation of the features that ground and define Public Square Park in the public imagination, while accommodating programming and activities which speak to the patrons of today and tomorrow. Starr Whitehouse will work alongside FOPS, the Mayor, local elected officials, business owners, preservationists, activists and other stakeholders alike to re-imagine how the space can continue [to] offer new amenities to support Hudson's contemporary life while maintaining its underlying identity in the urban fabric.
A press release from FOPS states: "Starr Whitehouse will collaborate with FOPS on community engagement efforts and has already begun working with us on grant applications."
The RFQ response submitted by Starr Whitehouse can be found here.