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Batavia moves forward with North River Street arch

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – A plan to construct an arch at the entry to the newly reconstructed North River Street is moving forward.

The Batavia City Council Community Development Committee on Tuesday recommended approving WW Timber’s design for the arch at a cost not to exceed $93,960. The recommendation now will go to the full City Council.

North River Street has been transformed into a curblessstreet in which pedestrians have priority over cars. Aldermen have not decided whether the arch should be lighted, which would drive up the project’s cost.

The cost for the lights and installation is estimated to be between $15,00 to $20,000, City Engineer Noel Basquin said.

Basquin said WW Timber is well-known in the architectural industry for working with wood and metal structures and completed the addition to the band shelter at the Peg Bond Center.

Fourth Ward Alderman Susan Stark voiced concerns that people don’t know where to park on North River Street now.

“It’s currently a sea of badly parked cars,” she said. “It’s confusing. Living in that ward, people aren’t happy with what we did.”

First Ward Alderman Michael O’Brien said the city will need to educate people.

“We have to start educating people where they can and can’t park.” he said.

Second Ward Alderman Alan Wolff said he thinks the situation is improving.

“Every time I have gone down there, it has gotten better,” he said. “People are learning how to use it. Part of our job is to educate people how to use it. Signage will be part of it.”

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