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City Council weighs variety of staff-presented projects – Altoona Mirror

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City Council members will be choosing among a host of potential transportation, recreation, sidewalk and stormwater projects presented by staff this week.

The 19 proposals — ranging from $500,000 to $85 million — are the result of recent “brainstorming” by the Public Works Department, City Manager Omar Strohm said.

Some were already under consideration, some were previously considered, some are new and virtually all would require significant grant funding, he said.

“We can’t do all of them,” Strohm said. “Maybe a handful.”

The less expensive projects are mostly those in the recreation category.

Strohm initially asked council members to rank the projects from 1 to 10 so staff could see which have “top value,” as an aid to developing a capital plan.

But council members balked.

“I think before we rate them, we should come up with what is realistic,” said Councilman Dave Butterbaugh. “A few are really promising. A few are pie-in-the-sky.”

Some would involve property takings, and it’s important not to alarm residents in the areas where those projects could take place — far in the future, according to Butterbaugh.

Eventually, council agreed that each member should choose five projects they could support.

The more formal evaluation exercise can come later, Butterbaugh said.

Transportation proposals included:

– A traffic circle at 31st Street and Broad Avenue at an estimated cost of

$10 million to $15 million. It would involve the steep hill on Broad Avenue and Race Street and could help eliminate Race Street as a short-cut route.

– A retaining wall along 10th Avenue between 19th and 22nd streets, $4 million to $6 million. It could help prevent 10th Avenue beyond the downtown expressway from falling into the Norfolk Southern right-of-way.

– Extension of 17th Street to 18th Street near the clock tower downtown, $15 million to $20 million. It would provide a more direct way for 17th Street traffic to access Route 36 heading north — an access that is especially difficult for truck drivers. The proposal has been studied previously.

– Beale Avenue bike lane from 29th street to Margaret Avenue, $2.5 million to

$5 million

– Relocation of Sixth and Seventh avenues to Ninth Avenue between Union Avenue and Sixth Street, $75 million to 85 million. It would remove the Route 764 thoroughfare from the heart of the Altoona Area School District’s high school and junior high school campus. A previous evaluation showed that it could force the relocation of about 100 businesses, according to Strohm. “That was one of the detriments,” he said.

– Traffic circle where Union Avenue crosses Sixth and Seventh avenues, near the Grande Palazzo.

Recreation:

– Indoor sports facility that could accommodate activities like softball, baseball, soccer and basketball, $6 million to $8 million. “I know they’ve been talking about doing something like this in Logan (Township),” Strohm said. But the Logan project isn’t definite yet, he said.

– Track, trails and playground in Garfield Park, $500,000 to $1 million. The project could piggyback on recent improvements in the park, especially six new pickleball courts, according to Strohm.

– Skate park, $500,000 to $1 million. There have been previous failed efforts to generate the funding for something that a segment of young people in the area hanker for. Currently, skateboarding leads to <span class="…….

Source: https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2022/08/city-council-weighs-variety-of-staff-presented-projects/

City Council members will be choosing among a host of potential transportation, recreation, sidewalk and stormwater projects presented by staff this week.

The 19 proposals — ranging from $500,000 to $85 million — are the result of recent “brainstorming” by the Public Works Department, City Manager Omar Strohm said.

Some were already under consideration, some were previously considered, some are new and virtually all would require significant grant funding, he said.

“We can’t do all of them,” Strohm said. “Maybe a handful.”

The less expensive projects are mostly those in the recreation category.

Strohm initially asked council members to…….

City Council members will be choosing among a host of potential transportation, recreation, sidewalk and stormwater projects presented by staff this week.

The 19 proposals — ranging from $500,000 to $85 million — are the result of recent “brainstorming” by the Public Works Department, City Manager Omar Strohm said.

Some were already under consideration, some were previously considered, some are new and virtually all would require significant grant funding, he said.

“We can’t do all of them,” Strohm said. “Maybe a handful.”

The less expensive projects are mostly those in the recreation category.

Strohm initially asked council members to…….

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