I figured that maybe folks would be more interested in the Stargell (nee Tinker) realignment and extension project now that work has actually started. The rendering above is the best representation that I have seen of the project yet. Click it to enlarge. At the meeting last week which was so poorly attended it reminded me of that Parks & Recreation show’s depiction of community meetings. Except without the people digressing off topic. All 10ish of us were in this massive multi-purpose room at Ruby Bridges.
The workers just completed clearing out the shrubbery and cutting down some trees, unfortunately there was a thicket of trees directly in the path of where the new Stargell would swoop into the College of Alameda land and they were felled yesterday. At the meeting, someone asked about the trees and we were told that they would be replacing the trees with other trees, which, as we all know, the trees will end up being dinky little saplings that may or may not make it through the first big wind storm.
Although I do think the stretch of Stargell looks a million times better once they took down the chain link (and barb wire topper) bordering the College property. Hopefully that will stay down for good. The fence is also being moved on the Alameda Landing side to make room for the additional lanes.
The benefits from this realignment , in my opinion, is that there will be a new bus stop at the intersection created at Stargell and Webster. Stargell between Webster and Fifth will finally get a sidewalk, it was so very dangerous walking on that portion. And from what I understand, they are going to pretty up that section so that it is more visually welcoming.
More renderings below to give you all an idea of what’s coming. It supposed to be completed by Summer of 2010, but because it’s construction and outdoors, I wouldn’t count on it being done until Fall 2010.