The Larkin District is getting squared. Work is underway at creating a public square and central gathering spot for the blossoming neighborhood. “Larkin Square” is being created at the intersection of Seneca, Swan and Van Rensselaer streets.
According to the Larkin Development Group, the innovative public square intended to be a gathering space; an urban hub which will include retail market stalls, food trucks, both fun and practical furniture, and public sculpture. A mix of food, music, movies, and festivals are envisioned to liven up the space. It will be available to Larkin District employees, neighbors and visitors.
A raised picnic shelter is under construction located near the corner of Seneca Street and Van Rensselaer. Also, the first retail market stall is temporarily residing in Larkin Park (corner of Van Rensselaer and Exchange), housing Sister’s Produce, a local produce stand that has set up shop Tuesdays through Fridays. About a dozen retail market stalls are expected in this area in the Spring.
The foundation for a covered walkway is in place. It will begin just past the edge of the parking ramp walkway through Larkinville behind the recently opened U Building. This walkway is substantial, in places 40 feet wide, leaving plenty of space for people to relax, escape the sunny or rainy weather as well as those just passing through.
The former Larkin filling station is currently in design as a commissary and indoor dining area. More information on that component of Larkin Square is expected soon.