Whittaker Street Redevelopment
Whittaker Street provides access to New Buffalo’s first-class beach. The street had long been overlooked and was in need of major infrastructure repairs.
As Abonmarche designed for the necessary infrastructure improvements, it worked with city officials and residents to create a vision for the redevelopment of the community’s central business district (CBD).
A bold plan was developed which called for converting Whittaker Street from angled parking to parallel parking, creating wide sidewalks and complete streets pushing parking to the surrounding streets to create more activity and bringing additional attention to opportunities in the less developed areas of the CBD.
With substantial elevation differences between many storefronts and the street, ramps with sitting walls and planting beds were employed to provide access without disrupting flow on the sidewalks. The landscape architecture plan added natural beauty to the project along with functionality for today’s technology driven culture.
The end result is an inviting, vibrant downtown which is a gathering point to complement New Buffalo’s beach area.