Deputy Town Supervisor
After a tremendous push by the Town Administrator, the Development Department, the Department of Public Works and our engineering firm WSP our voluminous and intricate plans to remake our Downtown infrastructure and streetscape went out to bid last week. The construction drawings and details are over 200 pages in length and were sent to 727 vendors who could potentially bid to construct the project. We expect to have bid responses within 4-5 weeks with construction starting in the Spring. Some work in the downtown will begin as early as March 2017, as Con Ed starts replacing gas mains. As well, filings for road improvements with NYSDOT was done on January 18. Lastly, we issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to hire a construction manager for this project. This is a massive project which includes infrastructure such as sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water mains, as well as streetscape such as landscape, lighting, sidewalk, curbing and street characteristics.
We want to ensure that our merchants are informed of the details of this construction project and address their concerns. A few weeks ago the Town Board hosted a presentation for merchants regarding the technical aspects and details of the upcoming Infrastructure and Streetscape project. Here is the video. A second merchant event will be held at Le Jardin on Friday, Feb 3rd, 8:30 -10a.m. The presentation is open to all but is geared towards the merchants and shops directly impacted by the project. Topics include project scope and completed project vision for Downtown; project sequencing and plans to minimize impact to merchants (night work vs. day work); the project liaison to merchants; construction manager set-up and location; and communication processes between the project manager and the merchants. Breakfast will be served. We are also working on a pre-construction merchant outreach survey. Our merchants can expect monthly project update emails, and we will be establishing a project hotline and email. We will ensure that access is maintained to all storefronts. We also want to ensure that additional signage is provided to ensure visibility. We will also provide marketing support so that residents and visitors are encouraged to continue shopping during the construction period.
We are also committed to keeping residents informed and safe during construction. We understand construction can be a disruptive. That is why we’ve updated our Town website to keep residents and the community informed about our infrastructure and streetscape projects and share important notifications. Use these links to find out more about the project, and you can sign up for project updates:
Go to www.DowntownStrong.com to find out more about the project, and you can sign up for project updates:
- Construction Information
- Project Details
- Contact Information
- Activity History
- Documents and Reports
- Sign-up for Project Updates