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Posted on: August 2, 2019

City Hosting Open House Event on Design Ideas for Main Avenue Corridor

City Hosting Open House Event on Design Ideas for Main Avenue Corridor
 Neighborhood invited to attend open discussion on Main Ave improvements

SCHENECTADY – The City of Schenectady will be hosting an Open House event to gather neighborhood feedback on conceptual design ideas for the Main Avenue corridor and the Crane Street – Main Avenue intersection. The event will be Thursday, August 1, 2019, from 5:00pm-7:45pm at the new Mont Pleasant Library, 1036 Crane Street, Schenectady, NY 12303.

Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend an open discussion about new ideas for the corridor. This is the latest event in a series of community workshops led by the City of Schenectady and the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) on the Craig-Main Connection streetscape project.

“This event will create space for residents in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood to become active participants in the design process for this project,” said Kristin Diotte, the City of Schenectady’s Director of Planning and Development. “We highly encourage participation and look forward to enhanced connection, sense of place and mobility along this corridor that is informed by the people who use it the most.”

One of the topics of discussion will be whether portions of Main Avenue and Forest Road should be considered for one-way conversions to make the corridor safer for walking and biking. The event will also include discussion on design ideas for the Crane-Main intersection.

“We’re asking neighborhood residents to help develop the vision for streetscape improvements along the corridor,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said. “This is an open discussion on conceptual ideas designed to gather public input and enhance alternate transportation needs in coordination with the ongoing revitalization efforts in the neighborhood.”

The new Mont Pleasant Library opened in May and the new Boys & Girls Club at Quackenbush Park is scheduled to open in October. The City is partnering with the Capital Region Land Bank to demolish some of the worst blighted structures in Mont Pleasant, and is also working with Better Neighborhoods Inc. (BNI) on the New York Main Street Program to make façade enhancements on nine buildings in the Crane Street commercial corridor.

Additional information on the upcoming Open House and further details on the Craig-Main project can be found at www.craig-main-connection.com or by contacting the City of Schenectady Department of Development at (518) 382-5147.

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