At the last Planning Board meeting, Betsy Gramkow, who chairs the Planning Board, noted that, months after the building was completed, none of the trees or other landscaping that was part of Stewart's approved site plan had yet been planted.
When Gossips made that same observation in May ("The Lone Hosta"), a commenter defended Stewart's by saying they were waiting for the City to fix the intersection before proceeding with their plans for sidewalk and the landscaping. This made me curious to know the status of the intersection improvements. I made some inquiries, which yielded some information, but I still don't know anything about the design for the intersection or the status of its implementation. Apparently, the project has been taken on by the Common Council, a legislative body, and Peter Bujanow, Commissioner of Public Works, has been deputized to manage it. So far, the public has not seen any plans for the redesigned intersection nor, to Gossips knowledge, has any input been sought from the people who use the intersection--either on foot or in a vehicle.
Back in March 2019, Matthew Frederick, on his blog Hudson Urbanism, proposed an intersection redesign that involved a landscaped traffic island and thoughtfully positioned pedestrian crosswalks, with appropriate signals and signage.
It seems we won't know until the work on the intersection is complete if any of Frederick's ideas for the intersection are being implemented.
I also learned that new sidewalk and landscaping aren't the only things missing from the approved Stewart's site plan. According to Gossips' source, a top course of blacktop still needs to be installed at the site.
Yesterday, work began at the Stewart's site. I missed getting a picture in the morning when the equipment was there and work was underway, but this was the scene in the late afternoon.
It appears that the sidewalk along the curve from Fairview Avenue into Green Street has been removed, presumably in preparation for installing new sidewalk, but there has been no information about the City's plans for improvements to the intersection or when we may expect them to be executed.
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