Work has begun on a beautification project in downtown Schenectady.
The project on the one-block stretch of State Street between Clinton and LaFayette Streets will see the installation of new canopy lighting, room for outdoor seating and improved landscaping.
The effort will also remove the planters and berms first built in 2002 that were difficult to maintain and were unsightly, said Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority Chairman Ray Gillen.
One of the project's goals is to build on the momentum created by the recently renovated Foster Building, the historic former trolley station recently renovated as part of a $7 million project.
New amenities include 21 luxury apartments, restaurants, retail and office space.
“Now that the building renovation is completed, we wanted to improve the lighting and landscaping in this area of downtown,” Gillen told The Daily Gazette.
Albany-based contractors James H. Maloy were awarded a bid of $311,500 for the project, which is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks.
While a fence has been erected around the project site, there will be no road closures or other impacts to downtown traffic, and retail businesses remain open.