KINGSTON, NY – The city is seeking proposals from qualified firms to develop a landscape design plan for the green space that was created at Broadway and Prince Street when the nearby intersection was realigned last year.
The selected landscape design plan will serve as a blueprint for creating an attractive, inviting community space at a crucial juncture of the Kingston Greenline trail, according to a press release from Mayor Steve Noble’s office.
“This intersection serves as an important connector not only between the businesses in Midtown but also serves as a midway point between the Rondout and Uptown business districts,” Noble said in a statement. “With the intersection realignment nearing completion, we are looking to create a welcoming, functional space for pedestrians and cyclists to encourage use of this portion of the Greenline.”
Noble said the city is asking firms to take into consideration and incorporate the history of the intersection when creating their design proposals, along with the artistic nature of the neighborhood.
The intersection of Broadway, Grand Street, and Pine Grove Avenue was realigned last year to eliminate a slight turn that motorists had to make when crossing Broadway from either of the intersecting roads. The realignment project required the city to demolish the former Planet Wings restaurant building on Broadway, which was the site of the former Kingston post office.
The old post office, a Beaux Arts structure built from 1904 to 1908, stood at the site until its demolition in 1969-70, an action that drew the scorn of preservationists and many city residents.
The landscape design project will be managed by the city’s Department of Health & Wellness and be funded by the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program through the state Department of Health, the release said. Community engagement and stakeholder support will be integral to the plan’s development.
Proposals are due by 2 pm on Monday, April 25. Additional information about the project is available online at https://engagekingston.com/broadwaygrandintersection.