Main Street Streetscape Design Project History
Main Street Irvington In July 2013, the Village issued a request for proposals to hire a professional consultant to create a planning document to guide both short and long-term infrastructure and streetscape investments in the Main Street area. After a competitive process, in December 2013, the Board of Trustees awarded a contract to Saratoga Associates.
This website will be used as a central location to post announcements and information related to the Main Street Streetscape Design Project. Available documents are currently posted here as well.
For further information about the project please email Larry Schopfer.
At the Board of Trustees Meeting on December 2, 2013, Saratoga Associates was unanimously approved to lead the Village’s Integrated Main Street Streetscape master planning process. Saratoga Associates, a landscape architecture, architecture, and planning firm along with Weidlinger Associates, an engineering firm, will provide a master plan document that will serve as a practical guide, providing the Village with recommendations for specific staged, strategic and coordinated capital improvements for the Main Street district. These improvements will include both near term and long-range projects. To that end the Village will first establish a critically important steering committee that will meet with the firm’s consultant team to provide input and guide the planning process. In addition, Saratoga Associates will conduct a public information-sharing meeting in the coming months. That meeting will be followed in the spring by a presentation and discussion of the concept plans developed from community input and the firm’s professional expertise, followed by a presentation of a final master plan.
Saratoga Associates was selected to lead this project from a highly competitive group of firms. The firm has a long history of supporting municipalities with community planning and streetscape design. Saratoga Associates was selected, in part, because of their experience with building upon the unique characteristics of an historic Village. A leading theme for this Main Street Streetscape master planning process will be the improvement of pedestrian safety and an enhancement of the pedestrian experience along Main Street including consideration of traffic calming measures and a review of crosswalks.
The final report from Saratoga will include illustrative plans for:
- Signage (way finding and municipal information, including banners)
- Trees and tree wells
- Lighting pole recommendations
- Sidewalk modification recommendations
- Crosswalk recommendations
- Street amenities – recommendations for benches, garbage, recycling container types and placement
Upcoming meetings will be announced on the Village website and in The Rivertowns Enterprise. The Village is seeking a large turn out of interested citizens to provide community input into the planning process. For further information about the project please email Larry Schopfer. Documents and the public discussion of this contract and project can be viewed at www.irvingtonny.gov/streetscape.
Steering Committee Meeting
A small Steering Committee made up of 13 local residents has been established to help guide the planning process during this project. The Steering Committee is expected to meet, along with representatives from Saratoga Associates, approximately three times over the course of the project. The next Steering Committee meeting will be held July 10, 2014 at 7pm in the Trustees' Meeting Room of Village Hall.
All interested members of the community – residents, property owners, business owners and employees – are invited to come and work together with the professionals contracted by the Village in a community planning process focused on identifying ways to improve the Main Street area.
The first of three public meetings was held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Trustee / Court Room of Village Hall. Video of the meeting is available for viewing online. In addition, the presentation document (PDF) used by Saratoga Associates at the meeting is available for download.
The first meeting focused on an inventory and analysis of existing conditions on Main Street. Participants identified community concerns and suggested ideas for the improvement of Main Street. Our consultants, Saratoga Associates along with Weidlinger Associates (engineering), facilitated the meeting.
The second public meeting took place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Video of the meeting is available online. The presentation document (PDF) used at this meeting is available for download.