If all goes according to schedule, construction on the public improvements could begin by the end of the year, said Tiana Douglas, executive director of the urban renewal authority.
The improvements include:
- A south public plaza on the north side of Sheridan Ave. midway between Robinson Ave. and Hudson Ave. Improvements to be designed would include a new paved surface, a fountain or other water feature and two towers on either side of a pedestrian area connecting the festival center site to the Myriad Gardens located to the south across Sheridan Ave. Estimated construction cost is $600,000.
- Repaving Sheridan Ave. between the north entrance to the Myriad Gardens and the south public plaza. Improvements to be designed would include replacement of the existing paved area with a new reinforced concrete bed and placement of a textured surface matching other outdoor pedestrian areas. Estimated construction cost is $400,000.
- A north public plaza, located northwest of the festival retail center on the southeast corner of the intersection of Hudson Ave. and Park Ave. Improvements to be designed would include some circular paved areas, leveling of an existing deck, other new paving, lighting and landscaping. Estimated construction cost is $360,000.
- A pedestrian bridge across Sheridan Ave., leading from the festival retail center on the north side of Sheridan down into the Myriad Gardens to the south, where some retail and restaurant space may be developed. Improvements to be designed would include a steel-framed bridge, heating and cooling for the bridge and approach escalators. Estimated construction cost is $500,000.
Frankfurt-Short-Bruza-Associates was the top selection of six firms which submitted proposals on the project. …