Global Property Development Corporation (Global) acquired a vacant 75-acre lot in Amesbury in northeastern Massachusetts that had been used as, among others, a borrow pit to cap an adjacent landfill. Recognizing the site’s development potential due to its visibility from Rt. 495, they retained Weston & Sampson to provide a full suite of environmental and engineering services. Their ultimate vision is of a year-round multi-use sports, business, and entertainment “lifestyle” complex dubbed Maples Crossing to pay homage to the Amesbury Maples, the country’s oldest amateur hockey club.
With our solid reputation with the city, we began by providing environmental due diligence support on the project such as ASTM Phase I and II site assessments, resource area identification, and developing a regulatory framework for project approvals. As work progressed, we provided site civil design services such as parking and roadway layouts, earthwork and grading, stormwater and utility design, traffic planning, landscape architecture, and geotechnical engineering – anything and everything from the ground surface down. We then took our designs through the permitting requirements with the city and took a lead role in assisting the other team consultants on the project with their permitting efforts. We also negotiated construction and other easements with abutters and the city.
We are now providing construction support on the current phase of the project while also providing the same services mentioned above on a neighboring sledding and snow tubing park that Global acquired during the process that will be an expansion on the existing work.
Global’s access to Weston & Sampson’s breadth of services as sort of a “one-stop shop” for the redevelopment of the Maples Crossing site has been essential to getting the project through the entire process efficiently and cost-effectively, from initial due diligence, through investigation, engineering, and design, and now into construction. When completed, Maples Crossing will be the single largest commercial development in Amesbury’s history, offering five NHL-sized rinks, a 2,500-seat event center, and a 150,000-square-foot facility offering health and wellness, business, dining, and entertainment opportunities.