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Pedestrian plaza coming to Glendale

Area community leaders and small businesses excited for the space

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:00 am | Updated: 11:22 am, Thu Feb 20, 2014.

By the time snow starts falling next winter, Glendale may be introducing another sanctuary for pedestrians.

Plans have been finalized for the creation of a pedestrian plaza at the location of the Glendale Memorial Triangle at the intersections of Cooper and Myrtle avenues and 70th Street, with completion targeted for the 2015 holiday season.

The Department of Design and Construction is preparing the documents needed for the bidding process, and a construction entity is to be selected in the fall.

Underground utility work on water and sewer pipes should begin in the winter with construction of the plaza itself scheduled to for the spring and summer of 2015.

The cost of constructing the plaza is yet to be determined.

According to Ridgewood Local Development Corp. Executive Director Ted Renz, the plaza will be one of the neighborhood’s most attractive spaces once completed, much like the temporary plaza at the intersection of 71st, Myrtle and Stephen avenues in Ridgewood.

“We would have musicians and art shows much like we’re already doing at the 71st Avenue Plaza,” Renz said. “It will be nice.”

Plans for the plaza call for four granite block tree pits, benches and bicycle racks, while the monument dedicated to Glendale residents who died in World War I will be surrounded with a granite seat wall.

Renz says the Glendale plaza is on schedule to be completed around the same time that the Ridgewood plaza will be transformed into a permanent space of its own.

Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri believes that businesses surrounding the Glendale space will be able to use the plaza many different ways, and said the owners of those shops and restaurants have been largely supportive of the plan.

“There’s a new yogurt store just opening across the street and they came here because they heard the plaza was going to open,” Arcuri said. “Redeemer Lutheran School, when they have their street fair on Cooper Avenue, will probably want to use the plaza.”

One entity that plans to utilize the plaza is Zum Stammtisch, the German restaurant bordering the plaza at 69-46 Myrtle Ave.

Co-owner Hans Lehner says he has already thought about how his eatery could utilize the plaza, with a vision of possibly adding sidewalk seating within the space when it opens being the prevalent idea.

“We hope that maybe we can use the space for some outdoor seating,” Lehner said. “It would be beneficial to us and the neighborhood.”

As the plaza is surrounded by busy streets and sidewalks that see heavy foot traffic, Lehner does worry that construction might harm his business temporarily, but he won’t give it much thought until next spring when work actually begins.

“It would be a little more difficult for people to park and a little more difficult for people to walk around the construction,” he said. “You really never know until it happens, though.”

The Ridgewood LDC will manage the space while the World War I monument will be maintained by the Parks Department.

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