The Commons is on schedule for substantial completion on July 31 and the opening celebration August 28-29.
200 Block (Aurora St to Trolley Circle)
The pavers are 100% complete. Much of the area was opened up for pedestrian traffic in time for the Ithaca Festival on May 29. The two sets of fixed tables and chairs were particularly popular with visitors since becoming available for public use. Planter railings are being installed this week, which will be followed by soil, landscaping and furniture next week. As soon as the planting soil is installed, the chain link fence can be permanently removed. The gateway structure is complete; however the bases will still need to be protected from the public until the final work to complete the new bumpout is done. At each entrance of the Commons there will be a “bump out”, where the curb extends 8 feet into the street beyond the existing sidewalk. There will be bike racks at each bumpout as well as through out the Commons.
The pavers are complete in Trolley Circle and the space is open for pedestrian access. The trolley tracks will be etched in the granite as well as the location identifiers, such as Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca College etc.
100 Block (Trolley Circle to Home Dairy Alley)
The pavers are 90% complete. After the pavers are complete, the sequence to complete this area is similar to the 200 Block: planter railings, soil, landscaping and furniture. The north south pedestrian crossing across from Home Dairy Alley is closed while the pavers are installed. Another pedestrian crossing was created near Mia’s Restaurant. As always, when the sidewalk is blocked for construction, please look for signage indicating the best route through the Commons.The Child of Ithaca Sculpture is now back on the Commons.
100 Block (Home Dairy Alley to Cayuga St)
The final planting area is being excavated this week near Pack n Ship. Work on the remaining trench drains is also continuing. Once complete, the remaining existing sidewalk on the north and south side will be removed and a concrete slab poured down the middle. On the north side this will be from the old Jabberwock building to Cayuga St and on the south side this will be from the Potters Room to Cayuga St. When a sidewalk is closed, please look for signs for the best route. The granite bench blocks and planter curb will be installed in mid-June at the four final planting areas. The playground installation scheduled for July in front of Benchwarmers. The MLK sculpture will be installed near its former location at Cayuga Street. The gateway arch is scheduled for installation in early July.
Furniture, Commemorative Plaques
Movable tables and chairs will be brought to the Commons as soon as construction is completed in a given area. The 200 block will be the first to be adorned with the new furniture as well as more movable planters next week. Bike racks have been installed on the 200 Block and two sets of Big Belly trash and recycling units have been installed on Bank Alley and the 200 Block.
Several commemorative plaques from the Old Commons were salvaged for re-installation in the new Commons. The Bernie Milton, Commons Dedication and City Underfoot plaques have been installed at Bank Alley and the 200 Block. We will continue to install the remainder of the plaques as areas are completed.
Bernie Milton Pavilion
Finish painting of the exposed steel welds will be complete this week. The glass roof is scheduled to be installed in mid-July and will take about two weeks for installation.