If you haven’t been downtown recently, you might have missed how busy Ron Burbick’s contractors have been knocking down buildings to make room for the extension of Acorn Alley down to Erie Street, aka Acorn Alley Phase II.
The old buildings seen in the picture above (Kline and Kavali, Advanced Displays) are gone and the land is being graded so that the new building contractors can get mobilized to start working on the foundations asap.
Ron’s not going to let a little cold weather and snow interfere with his ambitions to have Acorn Alley Phase II done in time for summer. Ordinarily that would be considered an unrealistic aggressive schedule but if we’ve learned anything from the Phoenix Project and Acorn Alley Phase I, it’s that Ron dreams big and delivers big, so go Ron go.
Besides cheering him on the City is also working with him to get him street access for pouring his new building foundations along Depeyster Street between Main Street and Erie Street.
Just this week we issued Ron a license to occupy portions of the right of way (under the sidewalk) where his building footers will go and starting Monday (1/10/11) South Depeyster Street between Main and E. Erie will be one way northbound and the southbound lane will be barricaded off so that his contractor can move his equipment in and get busy.
In addition, East Erie between Water and Depeyster will only be one-way eastbound. The westbound lane will be barricaded and fenced off for the project. The traffic adjustment is expected to last until July 2011.
Here’s an aerial view of the traffic changes and a look at what Ron is building (not to scale):