New Holland Development Announces New Plan for City's Favorite Destination
Published: June 10, 2014 (Issue # 1814)
New Holland Development announced on June 9 that it is preparing a new, updated plan for the restoration and reconstruction of New Holland Island, which includes a full-scale park zone along the Admiralty Canal and the territory surrounding the island’s internal water features.
Under the new plan, the construction period will be divided into several phases in order to accelerate public access to one of the city’s most popular landmarks. The company says that St. Petersburg’s residents and tourists will again be able to visit the island by the end of 2015.
The success of the Summer at New Holland program, held from 2011 to 2013, demonstrated the necessity for creating a park area and recreational infrastructure on the island. In light of this, the original plans to build along the Admiralty Canal side of the island have been scrapped.
The former foundry building and the pond are expected to open along with the park area, hosting a series of cultural events and a winter ice skating rink. Work on the remainder of New Holland’s historic buildings will continue while the island remains open to the public.
As a result of these changes in concept, New Holland Development has had to shelve the development plan drafted by WORKac, who were chosen for the project as a result of a public contest held in 2011, because it included construction of a new building.
The new general plan for the island is being developed by Dutch urban planning firm West 8, which specializes in landscape design and public spaces.
The restoration and reconstruction of New Holland’s historic buildings are being conducted in accordance with plans approved by regulatory agency KGIOP. The planned functional uses of the buildings remain as previously announced. They include exhibition and art spaces, children’s and youth educational centers, offices, stores, a cinema and hotel type serviced apartments.
Following the reopening, a schedule of programming similar to what has been offered in past summers will be held year-round, making New Holland one of St. Petersburg’s most important social and cultural centers. The Iris Foundation, which focuses on the support and development of contemporary culture, will continue in its organizational role for these events.