(BLOOMINGTON) – Although the site appears quiet, decommissioning of the Fourth Street Garage is continuing throughout May and June.
The process involves the removal of signage, lights, and other recyclable or reusable materials from the facility in preparation for demolition. Trees located near the garage are being removed and transplanted to other areas of the city. Relocation of electrical and telecommunications utilities, among others, is being coordinated with local providers.
CSO Architects continues to incorporate input and refine the design of the new garage in anticipation of presenting it to the Redevelopment Commission (RDC) at its June 3 meeting. The Board of Public Works (BPW) has approved the project to begin this summer. Completion of the new facility is anticipated by the end of 2020.
The location of the Trades District Garage has been determined. At their May 20 meeting, the RDC approved the recommendation of the Technical Review Committee to utilize the site to the northwest of the Showers Building, just south of 10th Street. Design work is underway and will be presented to the RDC later this summer.
Weather permitting, the City Department of Public Works’ (DPW) Street Division will continue paving N. Dunn St. from N. Old State Rd. 37 to SR 45/46 Bypass. Paving was delayed by last week’s inclement weather. Motorists are asked to proceed with caution around Street Division crews working in the right-of-way.
Range Road continues to be restricted to eastbound traffic and is accessible only from the SR 45/46 Bypass, with exit only on 10th St. This restriction facilitates sanitary sewer infrastructure updates that will serve the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital. At their May 14 meeting, the BPW approved a request that the restriction is extended until June 5.
City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) closed N. Jordan Ave. between 10th and 7th Streets last week to facilitate the replacement of an existing 6″ cast iron water main with a new 12″ water main. The closure was approved by the BPW at their April 16 meeting, and the road is scheduled to reopen on or before June 28.
Traffic restrictions will also be in place on S. Walnut St. through August 1, 2019, for the demolition and removal of debris in preparation for the construction of Urban Station II. Grand Contracting LLC has been working with the City and adjacent property owners to collaborate on logistics as the build-out continues. The contractor will coordinate with Bloomington Transit on the temporary relocation, removal, and replacement of the bus stop adjacent to the construction site. The anticipated completion date for this project is August 1, 2020.
The coordinated block-by-block maintenance initiative known as Brighten B-town continues into Zone 2 (bounded by Rogers and Adams Streets, and 2nd and 11th Streets) this week, weather permitting, having been delayed by rain last week. Crews from CBU, DPW, and the Parks and Recreation Department continue to collaborate on punch list items from Zone 1 (an area bounded by Indiana Ave. and Rogers St., and 2nd and 10th Streets). Brighten B-town progress may be charted at https://data.bloomington.in.gov/dataset/brighten-b-town-status