Doxa Mint Plaza in Landscape Architecture Magazine
Mint Plaza is featured in the July issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. CMG’s Willet Moss and Scott Cataffa are the lead designers of the project, which was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in 2010. Rebar’s John Bela worked on the project as landscape designer while at CMG. Its great to see CMG, Sherwood Engineers, and Micheal Yarne (formerly of Martin Building Company) receive recognition for this groundbreaking project that pairs robust ecological function with a vibrant, socially diverse public space reclaimed from a former derelict and underutilized street.
From the article by Lisa Owens Viani
“One block of San Francisco’s Jessie Street is no longer. It was once a decrepit alley where drug deals and porno films were made and tour buses idled for hours. In its place lies a clean, European-style pedestrian plaza surrounded by upscale lofts and restaurants, coffee shops, and the “Granite Lady,” the Old Mint, an 1874 Greek Revival building with National Historic Landmark designation. Designed by CMG Landscape Architecture and Sherwood Design Engineers, the revitalized alley—now known as Mint Plaza—has spurred the successful redevelopment of the historic warehouses that lined the alley into housing, offices, and commercial spaces, and provided the city with a prototype for treating stormwater in tight urban areas.”