Downtown Revitalization Project Update and Information
The Village of Canastota is excited to share an overview of the Department of Transportation (DOT) federally funded Downtown Revitalization Project. This is an exciting time in the village with many new improvements to our downtown area planned.
Below is a list of items included in the project:
In late fall 2016, OCWA and the Village worked together to put a new water main through downtown. The old water main would have multiple breaks causing the need to tear up the road each time. The new water main will significantly limit the amount of breaks and alleviate the need to tear open the new road pavement plan. OCWA also checked all laterals to buildings downtown.
Starting in March, Verizon is replacing a major wire/conduit downtown which supplies half of the village's phone service. In order to do this, Verizon needs access to the manhole on Canal St. near the Peterboro St. intersection. Canal Street will be closed due to position of manhole and safety between Diamond St. and Peterboro Street while work is ongoing. The estimated time is two months because of the delicate, time consuming work. Two telephone poles will be relocated that now exist at the corner of Peterboro St. and Canal St. The repositioning of the telephone poles is needed to comply with DOT regulations for crosswalk installation.
National Grid is removing existing street lights. The street lights have rusted foundations and a few have been lost due to falling over. Historical lighting will replace the old street lights (Please see photo). The historical street light pole with have two luminaires; one high up for the road and one lower on the pole for lighting the sidewalk. The poles will have banner holders, flag holder, and an outlet. The poles will be black with an ornamental design.
All catch basins are being replaced with new catch basins being installed in front of Key Bank and at both corners of Center Street and at the corner of Peterboro Street and Railroad Street.
Research was conducted on the existing downtown Honey Locust Trees. This research took place over six months. Landscape professionals and the village arborist worked with the Village Board and our downtown property owners to share information and options for tree replacement. After the reports were received by Delta Engineering and Terry Karst, arborist, it became evident that the trees were unhealthy and not likely to survive the project construction. The Village Board and the downtown property owners agreed that the option of replanting new trees was the best decision for the downtown area. A tree committee of two downtown property representatives, the arborist, DOT, Delta Engineering, and the Mayor worked to research and identify a tree that met the downtown property owners' requests. Over twenty trees were researched and a species of the Red Maple tree was chosen. The tree will be green in the spring and summer and reddish in the fall. The tree will grow to be over 40-50 feet tall. We will be planting larger trees not saplings. The trees initially planted will have a 2.5-3 inch diameter and will be 12-15 feet tall. Annual pruning will be done by the arborist to train the trees shape for the downtown area. The arborist will be working with the landscaping company to insure proper planting and soil conditions.
Crosswalks will be placed at both intersections in the downtown (see diagram) and there will be a crosswalk at Railroad Street.
In celebration of our Erie Canal heritage, a historical element replicating the frame of the original lift bridge that once was located in the downtown area near the canal, will be erected to the left of the Farr Brother building where the current green railings exist. The signage on the historical element will read "ERIE CANAL AT CANASTOTA". The green railings will be removed. The placement of this historical element is meant to frame one's view while looking east towards the Erie Canal. Stone benching and landscape architecture is part of the overall design. (Please see drawing).
Two other New York State blue/yellow historical plaques will be placed in the downtown area. One plaque will recognize the former Bruce Opera House and the second plaque will recognize the sacrifice of Louis Adamo, Assistant Police Chief, the first and only officer killed in the line of duty in Madison County. Both recognition ceremonies will be part of the completion ceremony once the project is completed in May 2017.
New five foot sidewalks and granite curbing will be installed throughout the downtown area. A streetscape design including Design Crete in a herringbone design will be installed from the sidewalk border to the curb. Earthtone colors will be used in the Design Crete. Flag holders for the VFW/American Legion Flag program will be installed in the Design Crete.
Bike racks, Benches, and Trash Receptacles are also a part of the downtown amenities.
Upon completion of the project, the Department of Transportation will be paving the project area and restriping. A completion ceremony is planned for the end of May; first week of June.
EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS DUE TO TRAFFIC LANES BEING REDUCED TO ONE. FLAGGERS WILL BE DIRECTING TRAFFIC.
ACCESS TO ALL BUSINESSES WILL REMAIN OPEN.
PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING VILLAGE LOTS - RAILROAD ST., CENTER ST. NEXT TO FIRE HOUSE, CENTER STREET IN BACK OF MADISON GLASS AND THE LOT NEXT TO THE FARR BUILDING.
CONTACT THE VILLAGE OF CANASTOTA AT : 315-697-7559 OR EMAIL ANY QUESTIONS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Click here for the plans for the enhancement project
Click here for a sketch of the new downtown street lights