Hartford Charrette Project

CRJA asked Mike to participate in a multi-day charette to help them cast a vision for a narrow piece of underutilized land of approximately 230 acres between interstate 40 and the Pigeon River. Currently an exit, gas stop, and a series of unrelated structures and business, it was already a hub for outdoor recreation and white water rafting and dubbed the “quiet side of the Smokey’s”. The client asked for us to create a sense of place, a main street village around the existing commercial properties. as well as the ability to create flexibility in the lodging options. There was a large influx of rafters, guides and tourists looking for outdoor activities certain months of the year and many needed a place to stay. The solution included a hotel and “Fishing cabins” along the waters edge to provide options and to take advantage of underutilized land on the waters edge. The Hotel was the anchor to a small village that would include shops and restaurant with commercial space above for rafting companies or additional residential opportunities. A small event chapel connected to the hotel by walking bridge and nestled on the fork of the river.