Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Kingston borrows money to fix crumbling Pike Plan canopy

KINGSTON – The Kingston Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday night for bonding $23,500 to pay the costs of engineering and design for partial repair of the Pike Plan canopy in the Uptown Stockade historic district.


The canopies are a prominent feature in the Stockade business district (file photo)

Only a portion of the troubled project will be addressed at this time, in particular, 43-45 North Front Street. Problems identified with the structures include improper skylights, missing firewalls, and rotting support pillars.

“None of us feel good about having to do this,” explained Second Ward Alderman Douglas Koop, who represents the Stockade District on the City Council. “The Pike Plan problems have been with us for years, and probably will be with us for years to come,” he said, adding that the situation is currently very dangerous. “If something happens there, believe me, our problems will increase exponentially.”

Built in late 1975, the Pike Plan canopy system was intended to revitalize Uptown Kingston, by making it look like a suburban shopping mall. Thirty years later, it was falling apart. The city rebuilt the canopies in late 2011.   However, by late 2015 the new work was found to be dangerously shoddy. Former Mayor Shayne Gallo directed corporation counsel to file a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the contractors and designers responsible.

Filing irregularities by city attorneys working under current Mayor Steve Noble resulted in one of the defendants being dismissed from the case in late May of 2017. The Noble administration then dissolved the Pike Plan Commission in Oct. 2017 – transforming the problematic canopy system from a special Uptown tax district into a city-wide responsibility.

Tuesday’s vote was initially approved the previous evening at the Finance & Audit Committee during a closed-door executive session.

 


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