Pedestrian mall renovations set to begin

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Improvements to the pedestrian mall along Inn Street are expected to get underway soon, now that work in the Green Street parking lot is completed. Andy Port, the city’s director of planning and development, said the main priorities for the brick-lined pedestrian mall will be getting the fountain back in working order and resetting the brick around the fountain and along the granite steps that lead downhill. Both the Green Street lot improvements and the work in the pedestrian mall area are being funded by revenues from the downtown parking meters, Port said. The parking lot improvements cost roughly $450,000; the pedestrian mall improvements will likely cost $100,000 to $150,000, he added. Additional work will be done in phases as funding becomes available, he said. Ultimately, the city would like to redo all of the brick in the pedestrian mall, which has settled unevenly over the years, causing tripping hazards.

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