Allen Street Mall Renovations Between Hester and Grand

Posted on: June 7th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

Despite the low-cost, makeshift nature of the four Pike/Allen Street median improvements implemented in 2009, safety results from the project were quite impressive. Streetsblog reported back in February that the pedestrian plazas helped reduce traffic injuries by 40% near the mall; injuries dropped 57% at the deadly intersection of Allen and Delancey. But more permanent change is slowly sneaking up the so-called Avenue of the Immigrants.

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While roadwork continues further south by the East River, the DOT has already begun the next phase of this capital construction project – tearing up parcel three of the Allen Street Mall between Hester and Grand. It’s now a disaster zone. Ground-breaking was actually last week, when the chain-link fencing and earth movers arrived.

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The tripworthy sidewalk and its iron perimeter fence were both disposed in rather quick succession; trees were supported with 2×4’s.

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This new vision for Allen Street has been almost three years in the making [PDF], with the tag-team of United Neighbors to Revitalize Allen and Pike and the Hester Street Collaborative both at the helm.  Here is a rendering:

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