One of the most overdue and anticipated streetscape projects is finally closer to construction. The City is accepting construction bids for the Genesee Street Gateway Streetscape Project between E. Huron and Elm streets. It will tie into work currently underway on the 500 block of Main Street and future work by the NYS Department of Transportation to calm traffic on the Elm/Oak Corridor two years from now.
Genesee Street improvements will include landscaping, sidewalks, bike lanes, bike racks, lighting, bump-outs, street resurfacing, and green infrastructure enhancements. A total of 33 new trees will be planted, along with 12 shrubs, over 3,000 grasses, vines and other plants. There are nine trees planned for in front of the recently-completed Catholic Health Administrative Center but none planned on the south side of Genesee Street in front of the Genesee Gateway complex, only planters.
Two islands along the street, one in front of Electric Tower to be called Remembrance Park (above) and a second at Genesee/Chippewa/Ellicott will receive landscape treatments as well (below).
The project is being funded with $150,000 in previously allocated capital budget funds for design, $1,000,000 in State funding, and $250,000 from National Grid.
Genesee Street is one of a number of streets that will be upgraded in coming years. BUDC is working with consultant Urban Strategies on a 10-year infrastructure master plan for future streetscape work in the downtown area.
Watts Architecture and Engineering and Stoss Landscape Urbanism prepared the Genesee Street plans. Bids are due May 13.