Kingston seeks landscaping plans for Midtown green spaces – Daily Freeman
KINGSTON, NY – The city is seeking proposals from qualified companies to develop a landscaping plan for the green space that was created at Broadway and Prince Street when the nearby intersection was realigned last year.
The selected landscaping plan will serve as a blueprint for creating an attractive and inviting community space at a crucial junction of the Kingston Greenline Trail, according to a press release from Mayor Steve Noble’s office.
“This intersection serves as an important connector not only between businesses in Midtown, but also serves as a midpoint between the Rondout and Uptown business districts,” Noble said in a statement. “With the realignment of the intersection nearing completion, we are looking to create a welcoming and functional space for pedestrians and cyclists to encourage use of this portion of the Greenline.
Noble said the city is asking companies to consider and incorporate the history of the intersection when creating their design proposals, as well as the artistic nature of the neighborhood.
The intersection of Broadway, Grand Street and Pine Grove Avenue was realigned last year to eliminate a slight bend motorists had to make when crossing Broadway from one of the intersecting roads. The realignment project required the city to demolish the old Planet Wings restaurant building on Broadway, which was the site of Kingston’s old post office.
The Old Post Office, a Beaux Arts structure built from 1904 to 1908, stood on the site until it was demolished in 1969-70, an action that drew scorn from conservatives and many townspeople.
The landscaping project will be managed by the city’s Department of Health and Wellness and funded by the Building Healthy Schools and Communities program through the state Department of Health, says the press release. Community engagement and stakeholder support will be integral to the development of the plan.
Proposals must be submitted no later than 2 p.m. on Monday, April 25. Additional information about the project is available online at https://engagekingston.com/broadwaygrandintersection.