Another phase of the demolition work will begin Wednesday at the corner of E Main Street & Lombard Street in downtown Clayton as part of the plans to get the site ready for construction of a more attractive and usable public space.
Town crews from the Electric Department will remove the existing electrical poles and install temporary lighting around the perimeter of the ”town lot” as well as the ”Main Street Commons” property behind Avent-Permenter Group, Home Towne Realty & Pier 33 Seafood which will be used as public parking during construction. The work is being performed in-house to save project cost.
”Parking will continue to be available in the front part of the ’town lot’ during this phase of demolition,” according to Bruce Naegelen, Downtown Development Coordinator. ”The Electric Department will block off areas they need to work in,” he added, ”but they will make every effort to minimize the impact on downtown customers and employees.”
This demolition work is expected to end this week and there will be periods of inactivity until the construction project begins. Town officials say they will make every effort to accomodate the needs of businesses and their customers during this time.
Actual construction of the new project is expected to begin sometime this spring and last approximately 90 days. Plans for the new space, as yet unnamed, have been in the works for some time and will go out for bid in the coming weeks.
Several views of what the space will look like upon completion are available at www.downtownclayton.org and click on “Town Lot Concept Drawings” in the right column. Please visit www.downtownclayton.org for links to this project and information about other projects and events in downtown Clayton.