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Pearl Alley Makeover Through the Short North

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans

    Pearl Alley will see several sections remade with new bricks, sidewalks, curbs and other infrastructure work. The pot-hole scarred area behind the Ibiza site will see a noticeable improvement, as it’s in pretty shoddy shape.

    Work is already progressing quickly on the area behind Bolinger Tower:






    Before we started walking more that used to be one of the better places to find parking.



    Press Release:

    The City of Columbus Department of Public Service has delayed the 2012 reconstruction of Pearl Alley between East Hubbard Avenue and East Prescott Street due to the planned Hubbard and High development of an apartment building and public parking garage. In the interest of the public’s safety and to protect against damage to planned Pear Alley improvements, the Department of Public Service determined that the private construction project surrounding this section of Pearl Alley might adversely affect the condition of the reconstructed alley and therefore elected to delay reconstruction of the alley. The City of Columbus is committed to the reconstruction of this section of Pearl Alley between East Hubbard Avenue and East Prescott Street. The Department will work with the private development group to coordinate these public and private improvements, including completion of this segment of Pearl Alley, for the greater benefit of Columbus and the Short North community.



    Wait just a minute – someone is thinking ahead? Are cats sleeping with dogs?



    golf clap


    Its a miracle ….. and why wait after… why not do it DURING or towards the end of the private construction? o.0



    Press Release:
    June 22, 2012

    City’s Reconstruction of Pearl Street In Short North Makes Street Safer For Motorists, Pedestrians and Bicyclists

    North Pearl Street between Warren Street and East Russell Street in the Short North is reopening to traffic today, after the completion of a three-month city of Columbus project that reconstructed the brick street. The project that replaced all roadway bricks and curbs on the street was done one block at a time to avoid closing the entire street for three months, reducing inconveniences for Pearl Street residents and their visitors.

    “This makes North Pearl Street safer for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “And we are doing more citywide, investing a record $31 million in street resurfacing and alley improvements in 2012.”

    The project was sorely needed as the street’s bricks and curbs had severely deteriorated over many years of use. The Department of Public Service worked with residents and Short North neighborhood leaders to coordinate the construction schedule and provide alternate parking for Pearl Street residents who had no access to their garages during the project.

    “The Short North is one of the premier neighborhoods not only in Columbus but in nation,” said Councilmember Eileen Y. Paley. “I want to thank Service Director Mark Kelsey for his leadership in completing this project in a timely manner while doing his best to limit the negative impact on area residents.”

    The project made the following improvements on Pearl Street between Warren Street and East Russell Street:
    · Replaced all the bricks and curbs on Pearl Alley between
    · Repaired damaged sidewalks as needed
    · Constructed six Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps and upgraded a total of 11 ADA curb ramps with warning mats that assist the blind in using the ramps
    · 150 feet of new storm sewer pipe and two new catch basins to improve stormwater drainage

    Construction started in March 2012.

    The city will make the same improvements to North Pearl Street between East Hubbard Avenue and East Prescott Street after The Wagenbrenner Company and Elford Development, Ltd., complete The Hubbard, an apartment building and parking garage to be built on the southeast corner of North High Street and East Hubbard Street.

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