Whenever I'm waiting for the light at the corner of Green Street and Fairview Avenue, I wonder when we are going to get our new intersection, with its promised safety and aesthetic enhancements. It will be remembered that the City got $200,000 from Stewart's Shops, as part of a host community benefit agreement, in exchange for amending the city's zoning to allow Stewart's, which was a nonconforming use, to expand into two adjacent lots and build a big, new gas station and convenience store. The new store opened in January 2020, the landscaping that was part of the proposed project was completed in July 2020, but nearly a year later, the intersection remains unchanged.
resolution to enter into a contract with Creighton Manning "to provide professional architectural/engineering to develop detailed construction documents, drawings, and specifications for intersection improvements . . . at the intersection of Green Street and Fairview Avenue." The improvements were to involve a complete replacement of the existing traffic signal system, as well as these pedestrian improvements:
- Traffic island with landscaping
- Curb ramps with detectable warning
- Conduit run, Pull boxes
- Pedestrian pole with pushbuttons
- High visibility crosswalks
Peter Bujanow, commissioner of public works, is overseeing the project for the City, and there hasn't been a lot of information forthcoming about its progress or what the final design will look like. There has been, however, some evidence that work is moving forward. At the April meeting of the Common Council on Tuesday, one of the bills the aldermen agreed to pay was $4,976 to Creighton Manning for "Stewart's Intersection."
When the host community benefit agreement was reached with Stewart's, it was believed that the redesigning the intersection would cost between $135,000 and $140,000, leaving $60,000 to $65,000 available to fund redoing the City's zoning code and updating the comprehensive plan. Given the recent experience with the proposed changes to the entrance to Promenade Hill, it seems likely that the estimates for the "Stewart's intersection," made two years ago, are woefully inadequate, and the entire $200,000 may not be enough to pay for the sought after enhancements to the intersection, never mind updating the comprehensive plan or the zoning.
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