Gloucesterís Inner Harbor has a long and storied history anchored by its nearly 400 year maritime fishing heritage. Gloucester has the fourth busiest largest port in the United States. Tucked within the heart of this working Harborís waterfront, the owners of Latitude 43 created an eclectic and artistic new restaurant, overlooking Gloucesterís trawlers.
Because of its coastal location and compact site, the re-invention of this unique lot required a complicated engineering design and analysis to secure a Chapter 91 Public Waterways permit from the Massachusetts office of Coastal Zone Management along with City of Gloucester Planning Board and Conservation Commission approvals.
Latitude 43ís location serves as a vital new link between Gloucesterís St. Peters Square and the working Harbor Cove area, integrating these nearly opposite uses in a way that preserves and expands upon the identity of the City and of the pedestrian environment.
The ownership team of the project required that the design include sustainable materials and techniques, adding a new chapter to the legacy of this district.
Stormwater runoff design at this site was particularly difficult because of each of the constraints noted above.