Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #10

September 21, 2014

As usual, the news is mixed. Lots of problems remain, but many are in the process of being resolved. These problems include the lack of access to Idaho Avenue, with paving and re-opening now promised for September 28th, and the premature no-parking restrictions on Macomb Street, which have been lifted temporarily. It is not yet clear whether Newark Street between the two parcels will continue to be three lanes, allowing separation of eastbound left-turn traffic from right-turn or going-straight traffic, as in the past, or whether the street will be narrowed by “bump-outs” to two lanes, to reduce the time required for pedestrian crossing. Finally, construction workers continue to park in the neighborhood, creating a problem for which there is little solution.

Some good news: The parking garage in the South (Giant) Parcel should soon be open, as should the 38th Street entrance and Newark Street. Several tenants are expected to begin fitting out their space, starting with CVS, which may even be open as soon as October 1st. Tree planting is scheduled to start on October 15th and to be finished by the end of the month, when the new Giant is expected to be open. Happily (optimistically), the disruptive water-line work on Wisconsin Avenue is projected to be complete by Thanksgiving. And, if all goes according to plan, we will soon have a neighborhood grocery store and other welcome merchants. Other confirmed tenants in the South Parcel include Barcelona Wine Bar, Raku Asian restaurant, Wells Fargo bank, and a second-floor suite of fitness studios.

The bad news: Wisconsin Avenue will continue to be a mess, at least until Thanksgiving. Idaho Avenue will continue to be a mess, at least until September 28th. Macomb Street will be a mess, starting soon because of paving and electrical work in the alley between 2 Amys and the Macomb Gardens apartment building and the installation of a major storm drain. The intersection of Wisconsin, Idaho, and Ordway will be a mess when work on traffic signalization finally gets underway.

For more details, see the minutes of the September 3rd meeting on the ANC3C website. The next Liaison Committee meeting is scheduled for October 1st at 6:30 pm at the police station. The public is welcome.

Click here to view the CPCA’s full Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction page, including previous updates.