Reconstruction of the North Front Street Parking Lots

An informational meeting with Mayor Steve Noble

parkingTuesday, July 19, 2016:  Mayor Steve Noble joined a group of Uptown business owners and interested parties to discuss the upcoming work, impacts and workarounds surrounding the reconstruction of the North Front Street parking lots.

The event was hosted at Redwood Restaurant + Bar by owner Kelly Jenkins-Polston (on a day when they were closed for business – THANK YOU, Kelly!) , and facilitated by the Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA).  The mayor was introduced by KUBA President, Jane Garrity.

The Mayor began by saying that work on the first parking lot, situated on the south side of North Front Street and adjacent to Nekos-Dedricks Pharmacy will begin on August 1.  The project is expected to take four weeks to complete. Additional, temporary handicapped parking spaces will be designated just outside the lot on North Front Street, adjacent to Columbia Beauty Supply and Dr. Joseph Cohen’s office.

The top layer of the parking lot material will be milled down by more than a foot and the lot will be re-graded for drainage.  A new topcoat layer will then be installed. The final step will be painting the new parking spaces.  Entry to the parking lot will be via the North Front Street entrance and vehicles will exit via the Crown Street or Green Street egress points.

A few weeks after this lot is completed, work on the lot on the north side of North Front Street adjacent to Redwood Restaurant + Bar will commence, with a similar four week reconstruction period. This lot will be reconfigured for better traffic flow and the number of entrance/exit points will be reduced from three to one.

Baker Brothers, a local contractor, will be performing the reconstruction work for both lots.  In addition to the resurfacing work, both lots will feature new LED lighting, bike racks, and new plantings – some of which will replace previous plantings that are not appropriate for the location.

Both lots will also feature drainage basins to catch and treat runoff using environmentally friendly techniques.

Once completed, both lots will remain free to park in.

“But where do we park during construction?”

Business owners are encouraged to have employees park in to-be-designated spots at Dietz Stadium or at any other public lot in Uptown – at the Ulster County Courthouse, the parking lot at Schwenk Drive and Fair Street, or at Ulster County Family Court on Lucas Avenue near Green Street.  All are within a 1-3 block walk into Uptown.

The City is also exploring alternative parking options during reconstruction, including possible bus/shuttle service for the duration.  More details will be released shortly.

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