First Look Behind the Barrier of the Forsyth Street Plaza [PHOTOS]
Once referred to as a micro High Line, the $3.6 million Forsyth Street Plaza is close to inauguration. In fact, we hear the mayor is to cut the proverbial ribbon on the green space imminently.
We took a peek behind the barriers recently…
The temporarily re-routed bike path on the western perimeter of the park space was recently paved and striped with new lane markings, including a shoulder to shield pedestrians; the ADA-compliant ramp is installed, and connects Forsyth Street to the park space thanks to a passage broken through the bulwark; and construction materials are disappearing from the site.
Conceived way back in 2009, conclusion of construction is at least four years tardy. Initially tagged for a June 2014 completion, the end date was revised several times in the interim. Blame the incessant delays on purported design issues and the bankruptcy of contractor Trocom Construction, which public records show filed for protections in May 2015. As such, progress was thrown off track since workers and suppliers couldn’t be paid.
Forsyth Street Plaza inserts 10,000 square-feet of elevated park space into that unused triangle of real estate previously nicknamed “The Hill.” Park amenities include seating with tables, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, two-way bike lane, a water fountain, and fresh plantings like Weeping Cherry and Honey Locust. And eventually a newsstand vendor.