Albany — Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced a $1.3 million “initial investment” to revitalize the Lark Street streetscape on Wednesday. Phase one of the project development begins in 2021, while construction is set to begin in 2022, according to a release.
Phase one will include a “new street surface,” ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps, sidewalk panel improvements, “semi-permanent curb bump-outs,” pedestrian-friendly road paint, and additional lighting. Funding included $200,000 secured by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy; $50,000 secured by Assemblyman John McDonald; and $750,000 from a Federal TAP award. Albany will apply for funding for additional phases.
Lark Street is home to Albany’s annual Lark Fest, which was canceled this year due to social-distancing concerns.
Sheehan, alongside other local officials and leader, also announced a 2021 Washington Park Area Traffic Study, which will assess the park and surrounding areas to “improve pedestrian safety and walkability.”
“The Lark Street Streetscape revitalization and Washington Park Area Traffic Study are prime examples of my administration’s commitment to creating a city where every neighborhood works,” Sheehan said. “These investments will drive business development and growth in our city while also promoting vibrant, walkable neighborhoods. I want to extend a sincere thank you to Assembly members McDonald and Fahy for helping support the Lark Street Streetscape project and many other initiatives throughout the city of Albany.”
Fahy called Lark Street an “unofficial meeting point” between uptown and downtown Albany.
“I am happy to have secured $200,000 in funds to help assist the city of Albany’s Lark Street Streetscape improvement program and improve pedestrian safety and walkability of the Lark Street corridor,” Fahy said. “Undoubtedly, when completed this will help to drive foot traffic, local business, and tourism to Lark Street itself, which will have a positive and lasting multiplier effect for surrounding businesses and residents. I thank Mayor Sheehan for continuing to hold open dialogues regarding what city residents want to see done in their communities and for investing in the success of Lark Street.”