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Council Approves Quail Street initiative

April 1, 2013

by Caroline Murray

The Common Council approved plans Monday night to move forward with the Quail Street Green Infrastructure Project, a proposal that seeks to improve the streets water filtration quality by installing larger trees, plant beds and more permeable pavement in areas that will store and treat runoff water from the sidewalk and roadway.

Anton Konev, 11th Ward.

The $1.8 million project was detailed in a preliminary feasibility study passed out during the meeting. The study outlines the plans to turn the section of Quail Street between Madison and Central Avenue into a more eco-friendly and user-friendly roadway by spring of 2014.

Ideally, the objective of the project is to maximize water quality treatment with a greener street drainage system. Details of the project include expanding the urban canopy, or street trees, in order to reduce runoff water and establish more permeable pavement, to properly filtrate excess storm water.

“This is part of a bigger $4.5 million dollar project,” said common council member Anton Konev, of the 11th ward which includes part of the Pine Hills Neighborhood, including Quail Street.

Like other nearby streets, Quail Street would become another Complete Street in the city, one designed to provide and promote safe modes of transportation for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles in an efficient, greener and more aesthetically pleasing manner.

The greener infrastructures, such as the large canopies and other vegetation, laid out in this particular plan are just a small part of the construction which will help redesign the urban area.

“It’s a great project to vitalize Quail Street, another major corridor in the city of Albany,” said Konev. “We have Lark Street and Delaware Street, but Quail Street is also a major corridor in the city. It needed attention badly and now it’s getting attention.”

All 15 members of the council approved the plans to move forward with the project. Konev said that the next step is to hold meetings about the construction within the neighborhood.

Currently, Quail Street houses both residential and commercial buildings. The study includes information about the streets impervious roads that offer little to no filtration and limited tree numbers. By improving the impervious street area, it will reduce the 186,700 square-foot to approximately 169,200 square-feet, this is a total of 9.4 percent reduction.

The City of Albany will implement these plans by submitting them to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

Konev stresses the importance of the project because of Quails prime location. “Quail Street is right in the heart of the Pine Hills and in the heart of the city of Albany,” said Konev. -3o-


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