Moffat and Nichol designed the adjacent Lightning Point shoreline restoration and has a deep well of knowledge on shoreline improvements and marina design, complemented by WATERSHED’s focus on environmentally and socially sustainable building design.
The project, devised as a way to reinvent the City Docks, seeks to benefit the local community while conserving and complementing the site’s natural waterfront environment.
The City Docks site has a rich history of supporting crucial local industries and providing waterfront access for recreational activities. The original docks and warehouse facilities were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, causing economic downfall in the local community. A full redevelopment has been discussed for many years and was a prominent feature in the Bayou La Batre Comprehensive Master Plan developed in 2006.
The Redevelopment Project envisions a renewed and revitalized City Docks site that “provides a means for developing amenities that attract locals and tourists while showcasing Bayou La Batre’s small-town atmosphere and historical heritage as the Seafood Capital of Alabama.”