On Tuesday, October 4, the City Council will consider moving forward with the previously identified Downtown Beautification Project at the corner of Pioneer Street and Lithia Way.
In 2015, landscape architect Kerry KenCairn presented plans for a beautification project at the southeast corner of Lithia Way and Pioneer Street. The project, which had been identified in the Downtown Beautification Plan created by ad hoc Downtown Beautification Committee in 2014, called for the removal of three trees due to poor health and the replacement of two of the trees, along with construction of concrete retaining walls, pavers around the public art, handrail for the walkway and stairs along with ground based plantings in the beds.
KenCairn, at the request of Council, subsequently provided a conceptual alternate design and narrative that kept two of the three trees in place while still providing for pavers around the public art, a new tree grate for the maple planted in the sidewalk area, a small curb/concrete seat wall to retain soil and handrail for the walkway and stairs. Council after discussion requested a second opinion peer review of the design and tree health by a different landscape architect.
Following this request, staff contacted two local professional landscape architects to perform a peer review of KenCairnís original proposed design. Staff first contacted John Galbraith and Associates, who declined to perform a review. Staff then contacted Laurie Sager and Associates. Laurie Sager performed the peer review of the original design for the corner project. The review concurs that the removal and replacement of trees is necessary to support the original design parameters.
The primary design and alternative designs developed by KenCairn are attached for reference. In addition to the primary design, public works staff recommends removal of the adjacent driveway and replacement with accessible sidewalk. There have been numerous trip/fall complaints due to the grade changes along this section of sidewalk.
The following attachments provide additional information:
- Laurie Sager and Associates Landscape Architects Review Memo
- Tree Commission Letter Dated 8-4-2016
- Lithia Way/Pioneer Corner Triangle Design
- Alternative Design Lithia Way/Pioneer Corner Triangle Design
- Lithia Way/Pioneer Corner Triangle Alternative Narrative
- Canopy Arborists Report