When you’re driving through 5&20 in Geneva there’s an area that feels disconnected from all the changes that happened over the last two years with the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
The City is looking to make changes in an ‘ignored’ portion of Geneva, where a connectivity issue persists. It’s a 430-acre zone, as reported by the Finger Lakes Times.
It runs from the northern boundary to the lakeshore, from Genesee Street to the west to the city’s eastern boundary.
What are the biggest obstacles? Well, there’s 5&20 itself, which effectively puts two roads, since it’s a multi-lane highway between residential neighborhoods on the other side and the city’s lakefront property. But, there’s also a series of railroad tracks.
At this point, the city is studying options. The North End Brownfield Opportunity Open Space and Connectivity Strategy Planning study, which is its very complex name has a few proposals inside. One would involve extending the 5&20 reconfiguration further down the road.
It seemingly abruptly stops now as motorists pass the Finger Lakes Welcome Center. That would come with a $12.5 million price tag. A pedestrian bridge would cost between $3 million and $4 million depending on whether it went over the railroad, highway, or both.
The next step would be determining funding sources.
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