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International Interns Present Plan for Park 101

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, June 27, 2008, at 07:26PM
Park 101 Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Phase III of the project would cap the park with a pair of "iconic gateway structures."

A team of twenty-four interns from EDAW presented their vision for a sprawling park atop the 101 freeway this afternoon before a standing-room only crowd at the Caltrans Building's Broad Plaza. The unveiling capped two weeks of work for the students, drawn from eight different countries and a number of disciplines.

Their proposal focused not just on idea, but also on creating something buildable. Their plan presented a three-phased development, starting with the core cap and new mixed-use development and finishing with an iconic tower that would be the tallest in the west.

The team first created six concepts for what a park over the section of the 101 passed through Downtown might entail. They then took concepts from each to form a coherent, site-specific vision.

Phase one of the project would create the main freeway cap, running from Alameda west to Broadway. It would also frame the edges of the park with streets and new mixed-use development. Phase two would extend east from Alameda and further into the fabric of the area adjacent to the park. The final phase would deck west, reaching above Grand Avenue and culminating with a pair of "iconic gateway structures."

The team estimates that phase one of the project would cost $700 million, but that in return it would generate $4.75 billion in economic benefit and $20 million in annual property tax revenues.

The city and Caltrans officials who worked with the program afterward spoke highly of the concepts, and of their value for Downtown.

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