Project Overview The 100, 200 and 300 blocks of Richmond Street have long been a popular destination for residents and the general public who visit its charming shops, restaurants and Old Town Theater in this historic downtown area. And it is home to the community’s annual Richmond St. Fair. Over several decades these three blocks have also experienced significant sidewalk and street damage caused by a significant number of Ficus trees that have outgrown the space available to them. To address the hazards caused by the trees, and at the same time address the evolving parking shortage, City Council directed staff to explore opportunities to improve the availability of parking in the downtown area as part of the Richmond Street Rehabilitation Project. The corresponding assessment showed that, while no real gains in parking could be achieved on Standard St. or Main St. via striping modifications, reconfiguring Richmond St. could yield as many as 30 additional spaces if the sidewalks were narrowed and the street widened to accommodate a combination of angled and parallel parking. Following several staff and stakeholder involvement meetings which occurred throughout most of 2015, plans were subsequently developed that achieve the primary goals of eliminating tripping hazards, restoring the roadway and increasing parking availability. Street Plans Signage and Striping Plans Landscaping Plans Lighting Plans
This September, the City’s Public Works Department completed construction on the Richmond St. Street Improvement Project, which spanned the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of Richmond St. This project achieved several City objectives, including eliminating the tripping hazards caused by the Ficus tree roots, restoring the sidewalk, curbs and gutters, and providing additional parking throughout the commercial area. Specifically, the project included: Removing all remaining Ficus trees, which will be replaced with alternating Strawberry trees and King Palm trees throughout all three blocks Widening the street from 40’ to 46’ and narrowing the sidewalks from 10’ to 7’ Installing angled parking on the west side of the street and parallel parking on the east side of the street Improving handicapped parking and access Installing pedestrian lighting throughout all three blocks
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Community Correspondence and Project Information Log
The project started construction on April 25, 2016. and was substantially completed by September 16th. The project is in the process of being closed out, and all remaining punch list items are being addressed.