Promenade and road repair to go with Urban Village

The first part of Urban Village, a 190-unit Wedge neighborhood development, is nearly complete after eight years. Tenants have begun moving into the Midtown Lofts, a 72-unit condo project between Bryant and Colfax avenues along the Midtown Greenway’s northern edge. The two-phase project will eventually run between Aldrich and Dupont avenues.

The city is now preparing to build a Midtown Greenway promenade along the stretch next spring and summer, according to city Project Manager Mitchell Sawh.

At the November meeting of the Lowry Hill East (Wedge) Neighborhood Association, Sawh showed illustrations of the sloped ramp that will bring bikers and pedestrians to the greenway.

Sawh said the promenade stretches from Aldrich to Colfax and is designed to create a gathering place for people, while providing corridor access.

He said the $340,000 project would add trees, shrubs and a retaining wall consistent with others used on the greenway. Sidewalks, benches and a wrought iron fence are also included.

City and state taxpayers will pay for the project, but once completed, the Midtown Lofts Building Association will own it and be in charge of maintenance.

Sawh said a staircase might be added, but that could delay construction. The greenway has state historic designation and the State Historic Preservation Office must approve changes, he explained.

The city also plans a mill and overlay of the 2800 block of Aldrich Avenue in 2005.

Country Home Builders, Inc. will add 52 townhome and 58 loft units to the 2800 block of Aldrich and Bryant avenues next year. Another parcel along the 2800 block of Colfax will be developed by Brighton Development but not for a few years.