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Construction Begins in April on Third Street Pedestrian Mall

Highlights of the pedestrian mall include a communal gas fireplace, masonry seating wall, benches, a fountain and landscaping.

Credit: City of Geneva press release
Credit: City of Geneva press release
Downtown Geneva guests who utilize the public parking at the Campbell Street lot — and the public parking spaces north of the lot — will be greeted with an enhanced walking experience from their car to Third Street with the creation of a pedestrian friendly mall.

A decorative sidewalk bordered with brick pavers and inlayed with etched granite memorial tiles will be installed in the alleyway between 121 and 113 S. Third Street. Other highlights of the pedestrian mall will be a communal gas fireplace, masonry seating wall, benches, a fountain and landscaping.

Construction on the project will begin in April with hopes of being completed in time for the Swedish Days Festival in mid-June. The project is taking place on City-owned/leased property, but the cost is being funded through a state capital grant secured by State Rep. Tim Schmitz.

The Geneva History Center, which borders the current alleyway, will be selling the memorial tiles to be incorporated as part of the Third Street pedestrian mall design. Residents interested in purchasing a tile should call the History Center’s Executive Director Terry Emma at 630-232-4951.

Source: City of Geneva press release 

George Fabyan April 10, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Did Geneva have to match the grant amount? How much is this costing? What is the ROI? Does this look like wasteful spending to anyone else? When a town gets a grant, the tax payers typically have to match the amount. Should a town be in the business of owning property so they can use state funds to put in outdoor fireplaces?
Julie April 11, 2014 at 07:28 AM
I wish there was a grant with such quick action to repair State Street. It really is in such need of repair. The stretch between Williamsburg and 7th is really, really bad and a vehicle's worst nightmare. I once saw IDOT trucks there, maybe about a month ago, but I don't think they did any repairs.
Lorr Ochsner April 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM
That is wonderful news! A great addition to Third Street !
Mitch Dinges April 14, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Who is going to pay for the natural gas for the fireplace? What insurance will there be to cover liability for those dumb enough to get burned or clothes on fire.

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