Seaside Village Sustainable Master Plan
Preservation Committee, Seaside Village Homes
In 2010, the Yale Urban Design Workshop began working with Seaside Village to create a sustainable master plan to address the 21st century needs of the early 20th century neighborhood. Issues with water, parking, and streetscape led the Village to seek the assistance of the YUDW to develop a series of interventions that could combine storm water mitigation strategies with new streetscape and landscape elements compatible with the Village’s historic architecture and plan.
Seaside’s main challenge relates to its location in Bridgeport’s South End - a coastal area which was once a salt marsh, and is an average of only 10’ above sea level. Combined with the city’s antiquated sewer system, this has led to serious issues with flooding throughout the village. The plan proposes a series of best management practices for on-site storm water management including bioswales, rain gardens, infiltration basins, and building aprons, and looks for ways of to combine these elements with improvements to streetscape and landscape, and tries to build communities around watershed sub-basins through bioswale and rain garden projects that span multiple yards.
This project also addressed other challenges, especially the need for parking management, design standards for building improvements, and development strategies for an undeveloped parcel of land owned by the Village. This project has the endorsement of the Mayor and the city of Bridgeport, which is a strategic partner in this process, as well as the Regional Plan Association. The project is mentioned in the City’s BGreen 2020 plan as exemplary, and is viewed by the city as a model that will feed into the city’s complete streets guideline and as well as being a model for other projects throughout the city.
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