FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2019
CITY OF KINGSTON RELEASES PUBLIC SURVEY FOR PIKE PLAN INPUT
KINGSTON, NY – The City of Kingston has released a survey that is open to the public to provide feedback for the future of the Pike Plan canopies in Uptown Kingston, which have had ongoing structural issues. Mayor Steve Noble and the City of Kingston’s Common Council must make a decision about whether to repair and replace damaged portions of the canopies, or to demolish entirely and repair the attached buildings’ façades. Both options will be costly for the City, and all expenditures for either repair or demolition will be incurred by the City of Kingston. The initial cost estimate for repair is $450,000 + ongoing upkeep and maintenance. The initial cost estimate for demolition and façade repair is $868,000.
Originally built in the 1970s, the Pike Plan is a system of connected sidewalk canopies along portions of Wall St. and North Front St. in Uptown Kingston. The aging Pike Plan was reconstructed in 2011-2013, with support from state and federal funding sources. Shortly thereafter, noticeable deficiencies in the canopy's design and construction were identified. In December 2015, the previous administration filed a lawsuit against the design, engineering and construction firms involved in the project. The NYS Supreme Court ruled that the design and engineering firms could not be held liable as the statute of limitations had expired. In 2018, the City was successful in securing a $315,000 settlement from the construction company.
In 2017, Mayor Noble and the Common Council worked to eliminate the Pike Plan Tax, which was a special tax for those who had buildings attached to the Pike Plan. Going forward, all costs and fees related to the Pike Plan were assumed by the City, not just those who had a portion of the Pike Plan.
More information about the existing condition and the possible options can be found at the City’s website: www.kingston-ny.gov/pikeplan
In order to make this difficult decision, Mayor Noble, along with the Common Council, would like input from City residents, who are encouraged to participate in a quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pikeplan. The survey will close on Friday, March 8 at 4:30pm. Paper copies of the survey can be picked up at City Hall in the Office of Communications and Community Engagement.