The City of Kingston and Ulster County have undertaken the Building a Better Broadway project to enhance Broadway between Liberty Street and Staples Street in Midtown Kingston. The plan includes new sidewalks, bicycle lanes, trees, benches, historic-style lighting and other streetscape improvements and new traffic and pedestrian signalization.
UPDATE – Wednesday September 16, 2015: The Technical Advisory Committee for Building a Better Broadway met yesterday and has modified the plan with the intent to address the concerns raised during the public comment period. Come to the BOE meeting tonight to hear about the revised plan!
I wanted to alert you ( and other parents) on the Building a Better Broadway draft plan. The Technical Advisory Committee met with the consultants and UC Planning officials yesterday, and agreed on major changes to the draft plan. Dr. Paladino was in attendance also.
I wanted to give you a heads-up before the Board meeting since people using the existing online documents will be commenting on an outdated version of the draft plan. I’d hate to see parents basing their comments on a version of the plan that no longer exists; I believe they would be better served by listening to the presentation on these proposed changes from the consultants, County and City officials, and responding at the second comment period, or by contacting the Superintendent or the County Planning Department after the meeting. I think the revisions address many of the concerns that you and other parents have expressed previously.
In brief ,the revised draft calls for a phased approach where the first phase, with all the signals, sidewalk improvements and pedestrian safety features featured in the previous plan would be done first, along the whole Broadway corridor (tenders for this work are planned to be issued in September 2016, with work potentially starting in spring of 2017). Also in phase one, the bike lane as proposed in the old draft would be developed from Liberty St. to O’Reilly Street and end there. At that point shared lane markings (“sharrows”), would be painted on the streets to direct bike riders onto O’Reilly St., Hasbrouck Ave. and Jansen Ave. to connect with the Kingston Point Rail Trail. Parking in front of KHS would not be affected.
The second phase would implement the bike lane from O’Reilly to East Chester St. when the following conditions are met: 1)the KHS main entrance has been relocated to the center of campus (which the Superintendent said is planned for the fall of 2018); and 2) the City addresses parking issues in a wider scope than just Broadway.
So essentially, the parking/drop-off area will remain as it is and there will initially be a bike lane that ends one block west of KHS. I should also mention that engineering changes have been agreed that will retain most (but not all) of the parking spaces opposite Dallas Hot Wieners.
The plan also contains items of concern including loss of parking along Broadway (55 spaces around Kingston High School), reduction to one lane in each direction for portions of Broadway and a variety of other considerations resulting from the changes (read more about these concerns reported on Jolyn’s Education Corner here).
“Broadway revamp plan in Kingston draws support, criticism” – Daily Freeman – September 10, 2015
The 78 comments submitted during the public comment period address a wide range of points and include both comments that are fully supporting the Building a Better Broadway plan and comments raising concerns regarding various aspects of the plan.
The Kingston City School District Board of Education will hear a presentation on the Building a Better Broadway plan tomorrow September 16 7pm at the Cioni Building and will have the opportunity to ask questions. The public can speak during public comment at the beginning of the BOE meeting and can listen to the presentation but will not be able to ask questions during the presentation since only board members speak during the board meeting. I encourage parents and community members to attend and hear more about the project.
KCSD parents may also submit questions and concerns to KCSD superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino firstname.lastname@example.org who will then take them to the Building a Better Broadway planning committee.
- Building a Better Broadway Update – September 3, 2015
- Building a Better Broadway draft project plan – dated July 22, 2015 and Appendix
- Existing Conditions report and Appendix contains parking observation data and analysis.