CORNERS AND CROSSWALKS
ON MAIN STREET
The city is in the process of a much needed street project. Improvement work on the sidewalks, curbs and street within the Historic District boundaries south of Boone’s Lick create an opportunity for Historic District retail and residential growth.
The street project includes federal funding and therefore the city must meet certain requirements for the American Disabilities Act. ADA corners must include a sloped ramp and truncated domes (bumpy pads). These can be seen on Boone’s Lick and other places on Main Street and Riverside Drive.
At Main and Boone’s Lick, the southwest corner was filled with a concrete slab. Neighborhood property owners objected to the concrete slab in the brick sidewalk and asked that the sidewalk corners and ramps be all brick with the required truncated dome. The design chosen at this time for sidewalk corners and crosswalks will likely set the standard for corners and crosswalks throughout North and South Main Street.
Though it was stated that a compliant design of all-brick was possible, the Street Committee this week chose a design that includes brick with concrete ‘ribbons’. The final decision is with Council. The next regular Council meeting is Tuesday, March 20.
- The 'ribbon' design is visually inappropriate on Main Street.
- The concrete stripes will deteriorate with freeze/thaw and will look shabby in a few years.
- The concrete striping adds unnecessary cost.
Our nationally recognized Historic District is an enormous asset to the city of St. Charles. The district exists due to both public and private efforts. Individual property owners' investments of time and money make the Historic District possible. It is reasonable to ask that elected officials make every effort to serve the wishes of private investors who contribute to the city's Main Street assets and tourism industry for the benefit of all St. Charles citizens.
The visual details in the Main Street streetscape are important. Property owners are held to standards... city projects should also meet standards for visual and historical aesthetics.
If you agree that Main Street sidewalk corners should remain all brick rather than striped with recessed interior concrete curbs, please click here to send a message to Council. >> Or, call the Mayor's office at 636-949-3268. And comment on the blog >>.