The WBA commissioned a Pippen revitalization plan from Grace Development Agency after what WBA President Sketch Sun called “an embarrassing amount of pleading for funds.”
Rich with ideas but not in funds, Grace Development Agency has turned to urban design and impact studies to rescue the company from the edge of bankruptcy. “Things have been hard since Grace seceded from Waterbank. We lost customers overnight.”
The plan handed over to the WBA early this week surprised staffers, who were not expecting the recommendations in the report. “They recommend a two tier approach to revitalizing Pippen; commercialize and make space. It’s not too bad of idea,” said one staffer drinking Cosmos in the ERIA lounge.
Parts of the plan may be familiar to Waterbank News readers, who saw an early plan (link). At the heart of both plans is the construction of a new showroom and headquarters for Feral Marine, which the GDA says has been supporting the local economy.
It also calls for an ambitious reconstruction of the waterfront, removing an entire row of stores to make more room for boats. As can be seen in the pictures, the dock is a new V design that allows for the mooring of all size boats and greater security for the new Tempest class vessel. Additional pontoon docks can be added as needed, the report says.
Increased road access and improvements to the hospital are suggested as well. “That hospital is the only one with a trauma center for all of East River,” said a WAX EMS we spoke to. “Mowry, Pippen, Helvelyn – heck, the whole region doesn’t have one. Making it easier for us to get here by road would really make a difference.”
WBA President Sketch Sun was asked how the plan would be received by the defacto leader of Pippen, Chia. “I’m sure she’ll find it interesting – especially the large statue of “Saint Chia” that they say should go in the middle of the hospital roundabout. I wouldn’t wait long for a construction contract if I were GDA, though. She’s got her own great ideas.”