Wendel provided the Village of Lancaster planning, engineering and construction services on this Empire State Development funded project. The project restored the historic street grid to enhance connectivity and economic viability of the Central Business District (CBD). West Main Street was extended through an existing vacant parking lot reconnecting Central Avenue and Aurora Street and creating new development parcels.
Wendel kicked off efforts with an Immersion™. The purpose of the Immersion™ process is to gain a first-hand, on-site understanding of a project’s challenges – physical, functional and operational – and to identify and gain consensus on the vision, needs, goals and objectives for the project. The Village, Empire State Development and the developer all took part.
Wendel’s multi-discipline team with key M/WBE partners provided a full service solution for all phases of the project with funding requirements met including planning, study, preliminary design, environmental review (SEQR), permitting, design, bidding services, construction administration, and construction observation.
Engineering and design addressed a drastic street grade change, traffic flow, infrastructure capacity and relocation of utilities for a more bikeable, walkable and ADA-compliant thoroughfare. Re-establishing the historic street grid enables new economic development opportunities for inflll and mixed-use buildings that recreate the urban fabric of the CBD.
In addition to 800 feet of roadway construction, new lighting, new retaining walls, new waterline and services (water and fire) and stormwater system piping designed using smart growth principles, repairs to the sanitary sewer, streetscape enhancements, and wayfnding signage enhances the vibrancy of this area, creating a destination for residents and visitors.
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