New Hyde Park seeks contractor for streetscape upgrades

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Mayor Robert Lofaro, Deputy Mayor Lawrence Montreuil and Trustee Donna Squicciarino are seen on Jan. 17, 2016. (Photo by Ted Ryan)

By Ted Ryan

The Village of New Hyde Park is looking for contractors to help implement plans to enhance sidewalks in a main business district through the 2017 Jericho Turnpike Streetscape Program.

“[The streetscape program] is going to help us continue to re-vitalize our downtown as well as well as making it pedestrian friendly,”  Robert Lofaro, the village mayor, said at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The work will affect Jericho Turnpike between Hillside Boulevard and Cherry Lane and  between South Fifth and Fourth streets to the village line, Lofaro said.

The streetscape program will not be as extensive as it has been in years past, Lofaro said. There will be no brickwork on the sidewalks, but pavement will be stamped with a brick-like design.

Although this will be a smaller project, Lofaro said, the program would not lower the standards of the village.

“We’re not going to put as many amenities along the area as we did in the past,” Lofaro said. “We may put in a couple of benches, but not as many. We already have trash receptacles out, but [the streetscape project] will run in line with what we’ve done so far.”

The village will pick a contractor to work on the streetscape program through a sealed bidding process.

A community block grant will help fund the project, Lofaro said.

“We’re doing it so it makes [the village] more visually appealing and aesthetically pleasing to help promote the businesses that are along the area,” Lofaro said.

To be admitted to the auction, bidders must submit a completed copy of contract documents.

Contract documents will be available for $50 at the office of D&B Engineers and Architects, located at 330 Crossways Park Drive in Woodbury, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday.

Sealed bids must be received by 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, at the New Hyde Park village clerk’s office in Village Hall, located at 1420 Jericho Turnpike.

The chosen contractor will be announced after bids have been publicly opened and read aloud at Village Hall on Feb. 6.

Also on Tuesday, New Hyde Park officials said they will review next month an engineering firm’s evaluation of a plan to build a Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership at 1324 Jericho Turnpike.

The village hired Nelson, Pope & Voorhis to review a study of the proposed dealership that Amir Jarrah, its prospective owner, submitted in August.

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