By Sabina Mollot
The streets surrounding Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village are getting a $200,000 facelift.
The project, which is being paid for with funds allocated by Council Member Dan Garodnick, isn’t just cosmetic, however.
Service roads around the property from 14th to 23rd Streets will be repaved as will any curb cuts in need of smoothing, and the medians or islands on 14th Street, 20th Street and First Avenue will be repaved to make them wider for wheelchair users. Some, though not all of the cobblestones along with islands will be removed in order to do this. Currently, obstructions for anyone in a wheelchair user include signs and bus stops. Additionally, any cracks along the medians will be filled.
Garodnick said the project was planned a year ago after taking a stroll around the property to see what street improvements were needed. He also said he’s gotten “periodic complaints” not only from disabled people in the neighborhood but anyone who has to run for the bus while pushing a stroller.
“My hope is that this will significantly aid the pedestrian experience around Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village and make life easier for seniors and people with kids,” said Garodnick.
Monday was the first day of the project, and the work along 14th Street, which is being done first, is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.
As of Monday, a corner island across from Stuyvesant Town’s southeast quadrant at Avenue C had already been dug up, while the 14th Street one from Avenue B to C had been prepped for work by getting lined with orange and white striped cylinders. That block is supposed to be finished by Friday, August 12, followed by the next two blocks up to First Avenue over the next two workweeks.
As for the expected noise levels from the project, Garodnick said he doesn’t expect that it will be “overly disturbing” to neighbors.