City-owned lot - the major parking lot south of the Co-op is owned by the City (purchased to prevent CVS from building a store there back in the 90s?). Long before then, the site was used for dumping waste. The Junction Task Force recommended funding a Phase I and Phase II environmental assessment to evaluate the nature of that waste. Success: This is funded in the City budget that is likely to be approved.
Wooded lot behind and below the Co-op and parking lot - we walked around the Co-op on the extremely poor quality sidewalk on Columbia Avenue and looked at the wooded lot. The asphalt sidewalk needs to be replaced here with an ADA compliant, and frankly, just usable sidewalk. The wooded lot is fairly full of trash and poison ivy. We discussed a number of future options for this space, all focused around keeping it forested.
Partial success: The City budget allocates $2,000 additional dollars for staff to spend time cleaning up the site during the year.
Old Gas Station Structure/Park - Many residents have probably never visited the shelter in the middle of the Junction, between Ethan Allen and Carroll Avenues. We all stopped there and talked about options to fix up or improve the site, crosswalk issues, road design issues, traffic light ownership and the configuration of bus bays.
Little progress: I am very hopeful that we will be able to get the County to take over from the State on ownership of the traffic lights at the Junction. These are the only state highway traffic lights left in the state that are not handled by a County or municipality. If we are successful in getting the transfer to happen this year, the City will be able to work with the County on more and better light timing options in the future. This year's budget - so far - has made little additional progress on these other priorities for the Junction.
Sidewalks between the Co-op and Fire Station - We walked along these sidewalks which are a hazard because of the frequent breaks in pavement, closeness to 410, and driveways, steep slopes and in-the-way planter box near the fire station. The Junction Task Force asked for new sidewalks to be a priority.
Success: Funding for new sidewalk planning/design (and installation) work is included in this year's budget, I believe at $200,000.