Friday, April 5, 2013
Street furniture on Erie Street part of downtown redevelopment
Workers installed new concrete benches and flower planters on Erie Street and throughout the downtown redevelopment block Thursday as part of the road reconstruction project that started last year. Originally, the city budgeted for the installation of 40 new benches as part of the street reconstruction. The new street furniture contributes to the overall redevelopment project. The city installed new trees along Erie Street in October.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Crews put down parking striping
The majority of Erie Street is just about finished and ready for cars to park and drive on after months of construction. Street crews put down paint to mark the parking spots on the reconstructed downtown street today. The road, between South Water and South DePeyster streets, also got its final coating of pavement this week. But there are still a few final touches to be done, such as brick work detailing pedestrian crossings at Acorn Alley and the intersection with South Water Street. RELATED COVERAGE:
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
No driving, parking will be allowed
Erie Street will close downtown between South Water and South DePeyster streets Thursday for paving work. As a result, no parking or driving will be allowed on this section of the street. The work is expected to start at 8 a.m. Thursday. The street was reconstructed and resurfaced earlier this year as part of the city's downtown redevelopment work.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Erie Street gets tree makeover as part of downtown redevelopment
Workers with the Davey Tree Expert Company added some new trees to Erie Street Monday as part of the city's downtown redevelopment. Click here to read about the new trees.
Friday, August 17, 2012
South DePeyster Street will close for road work also on Monday
After weeks of construction, city officials announced this afternoon that Erie Street will reopen to traffic starting Monday. The road, which was rebuilt and reconfigured as part of the downtown redevelopment work, will be open again from South Water Street to South DePeyster Street. "There’s still finish work to be done, but we want to get the road open again to traffic and the parking open so people can get to the businesses," Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said. The catch is that South DePeyster Street will close between Erie Street and East Main Street starting Monday so it can be repaved as part of the downtown work. Motorists will be able to park on Erie Street west of where Acorn Alley crosses the roadway. Because South DePeyster …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Alley way, sidewalks get permanent surfaces abutting Erie Street
The temporary sidewalks along Acorn Alley abutting Erie Street are finally getting their permanent replacements. Crews started pouring concrete for the sidewalks and actual alley last week. Beforehand, temporary asphalt pavement had served as the sidewalk along the storefronts. When Erie Street's reconstruction is finished off-colored pavers will extend Acorn Alley across the street to connect with the city and Fairmount Properties redevelopment block.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Paving and sidewalk work on Erie Street could be finished as early as Aug. 15
The long awaited reopening of Erie Street is just days away. Kent Economic Development Director Dan Smith said the portion of Erie Street between South DePeyster and South Water streets could reopen as early as Aug. 15. “I think the worst of the construction hassles are behind us,” he said. The expected opening of a new 120-space parking lot downtown, however, has been delayed. City officials expected the new parking lot, in the middle of the city's redevelopment block, would open to the public as early as today. Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said the opening of the new lot had to be delayed due to access issues and some final touches that need to be added to the lot. Bowling said the lot likely won't open any earlier than Aug. 13. The …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
City manager says city has engaged business owners during construction process
City officials say there's only so much that can be done to curb the effect of downtown construction on businesses close to the work sites. The effect of construction on surrounding cash registers came to light this week when owners of one restaurant said they were closing temporarily due to a drop in customers they suspected was directly related to the construction on Erie Street. That business, Funky Ladles, reopened Friday after being closed for one day. Kent City Manager Dave Ruller said city officials remain in close contact with business owners and their landlords to minimize the effect of construction on sales. "We've been meeting with them since probably a month or so before this began to make it as fast as possible and least …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Eatery announces closure until construction finishes on Erie Street
One of Kent's newest, more popular eateries is taking a break in light of all the construction going on right outside its front door in downtown Kent. The owners of Funky Ladles at Acorn Alley, formerly Zoupwerks, announced on its Facebook page today that the soup and sandwich shop is shutting down temporarily. "Funky Ladles in Kent is going on hiatus until the students return, or when this marathon road construction eventually starts to show signs of completion," management wrote on the restaurant's page. They pointed to a sharp drop in customers and a 90 percent drop in revenue in relation to the road work as the primary reason for the temporary closure. Management said customers can expect the eatery reopen in about two months. "We will…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Businesses will find relief from street closure due to construction; more parking in new municipal lot
Just a few more weeks is all businesses on Erie Street have to hold out until the street reopens and 122 new parking spaces come with it. The new municipal parking lot being built in the middle of the city's redevelopment project is scheduled to open Aug. 1 Kent Economic Development Director Dan Smith said Erie Street will reopen in mid August just a few weeks later. "If there is any good thing about it, it’s happening during the slowest time in the city," Smith said. "I know construction workers are patronizing the businesses down there." The street is being reconstructed to coincide with the $100 million worth of redevelopment projects going on around it. The reconstruction will widen the street, add 15 feet wide sidewalks on both sides …