2011 is shaping up to be a big year for the Park Street District. Of course our three street events will continue — bigger and better than ever. The Spring Festival (May 7-8), the Art & Wine Faire (July 30-31), and the Classic Car Show (October 8 ) will continue to bring thousands of visitors to the District.
Other projects are scheduled to take off in 2011. The biggest and most anticipated is our Streetscape Phase II. The streetscape is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2011. The project will include the removal of the old cobra headed street lights and all the old trees between Central and San Jose Avenues. There will also be a little work done between Times Way and Lincoln Ave to remove the old trees and the remaining cobra lights. In place of the old will be the new… new trees whose species are compatible with the urban setting they will be planted in, and new street lights matching the lights already in place on the 1400 block and most of the 1500 block of Park Street. When the new lights are installed and turned on, we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to see Park Street from space. They will, at least, light up the 1300 and 1200 blocks of Park Street.
The North of Lincoln zoning ordinance will go into effect. This new ordinance will deal with form much more than specific uses. The ordinance goes into great detail of how new buildings should look and how they should be used, especially when it comes to future parking. In a nutshell, no more parking lots facing the street. Buildings will be flush with the sidewalks and future parking areas will be relegated to the back of the buildings. This will establish a “clean” look to the area of Park Street north of Lincoln.
One other project you’ll see us diligently working on is the removal of old gum from our sidewalks. PSBA purchased a gum extractor and our maintenance team is working on all the old spots of gum throughout the District. It’s slow going but we’ll keep on the job
until all the old gum spots have been treated by our machine.