This project will improve the atmosphere on Merchant Street by completing sidewalk and curb replacements, removal of the current utility poles and existing overhead electrical wiring, new ornamental street lanterns that will have electrical outlets to energize holiday displays and community events, new street trees, tree pits and landscaping, improved ADA sidewalk ramps, new street amenities such as benches, trash cans, bicycle racks, planters, and decorative crosswalks. Total project budget is $2.5 million including all soft-costs, design and inspection services. Construction is planned to start in 2018 and last six months.
Ambridge Borough Council contracted Hancock Architecture from Rochester, PA, to prepare the project’s design and implementation.
To ensure that this project is successful, efforts continue to eliminate blight in the downtown. Commercial demolitions will continue along Merchant Street with grant funding already secured in late 2017. Code Enforcement has increased its efforts in this area and many property owners have already repainted their facades and made necessary improvements. The Borough Council and Mayor, in partnership with our Downtown Development Committee have improved our community’s Zoning Ordinance along this corridor to ensure the best uses of the properties moving forward, and a strategic effort is currently underway to promote the available properties on Merchant Street hoping to attract new businesses to Ambridge.
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Joe Kauer Borough Manager
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