Guy: Basalt should rethink construction schedule
The Basalt Streetscape article contained several misleading statements.
The vote in November of 2021 authorized funding for improvements, but no vote has occurred on the proposed design.
All 30 of the Midland Avenue businesses have signed a petition asking the town to stop construction during June, July, August, and September. That is not “resigned optimism and resilience.”
The town can bring the sidewalks and access to ADA compliance without spending anywhere close to $11 million (pre-inflation estimate).
The proposed redesign will reduce core parking by a whopping 22 spaces rather than increase the parking as it should. The 30 new parking spaces the letter touts are outside of the downtown core.
The construction will ruin two summer seasons of business along Midland Avenue. The town needs to rethink the schedule. If the improvements are worth doing, then they should be done without all the negative impacts.