Neighborhood Notes: news from around Greenwich’s neighborhoods
Construction work intended to bring drainage improvements in and around downtown Old Greenwich is scheduled to begin on June 22.
The project involves installing storm drain structures and pipes on Park Avenue, portions of Sound Beach Avenue, Arcadia Road, Lockwood Avenue, Highview Avenue and both in the vicinity and on the property of Old Greenwich School.
Work is expected to take place over the next 12 months from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Final restoration of the area is expected to be spring and summer of 2018 subject to weather and unforeseen complications.
The work includes installing catch basins and manholes, replacing curbing and sidewalks and repaving Park Avenue and portions of Sound Beach, Arcadia, Lockwood and Highview.
Before work is begun, signs will be posted restricting parking from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any vehicles not moved will be towed. Lane closures and temporary traffic control will also be in place throughout the construction.
“It is important for the safety of the public and the contractor’s staff that all pedestrians and drivers obey uniformed traffic personnel and all posted traffic control devices,” the town’s Department of Public Works Engineering Division said in a press release.
Updates about the project will be posted online at www.greenwichct.org at the town’s Department of Public Works section.
The historic neighborhoods of Glenville will be marked with a special plaque unveiling ceremony courtesy of the Greenwich Preservation Network.
A special ceremony will be held at noon June 23 on the path adjacent to the Glenville Volunteer Fire Company station.
“This is a very positive thing,” Vince DiMarco, director of communications for the Pemberwick-Glenville Association, said. “People have wanted this for years, particularly the Glenville Preservation Association. They want to make sure the district is properly recognized and we’re very happy to see that it’s finally happened.”
The sign will recognize Glenville’s roots as a 19th century mill town dating back to 1717. It notes Glenville was once called Sherwood’s Bridge. It calls attention to historic buildings in the village including the 1881 new mill and an 1886 mansion and its changing ethnic populations.
Dedicating the Glenville Historic District is part of an ongoing effort by the Greenwich Preservation Network, which was formed by the Greenwich Historical Society. Historic districts and markers have gone up on Greenwich Avenue, the River Road-Mead Avenue Historic District in Cos Cob and this Greenwich’s historic Fourth Ward. Next in line is a sign marking the Putnam Hill Historic District.
The sign in Glenville was designed pro bono, as were previous signs, by Charles Hilton Architects; it was also installed pro bono by Cornerstone Contracting. The construction of the sign was underwritten by Sound View Engineers and Land Surveyors, which is based in Glenville.
Echo Lane is getting a new 25 mph speed limit sign.
Melissa Evans, the town’s traffic operations coordinator, said the street did not have a posted limit and residents complained that traffic was moving through the area too fast.
Echo Lane is used as a cut-through for drivers from North Street to North Maple Avenue and from Ridgeview Avenue and Andrews Road to North Street. Evans said she felt action was justified.
“They do have kids on the street,” Evans said. “They have no sidewalks and they do have a couple of bus stops that pick up for an elementary school and Central Middle School from there. This is a pretty standard 25 mph request.”
A Cos Cob high school student’s hard work and commitment to helping people has gotten attention from the Junior League of Greenwich.
Kasey Luo recently received the Junior League of Greenwich’s Community Service Award. The Cos Cob resident attends Rye Country Day School and was praised by the league for exemplifying its mission by “demonstrating sustained commitment to community service.”
She was presented a check for $2,500 by Joselynn Chua, the league’s community director for 2016-17. Every year, the Junior League of Greenwich gives the award to a local female high school senior “whose volunteer activities demonstrate initiative and show significant and sustained commitment to community service and leadership.”
Luo was honored for her work founding Major Leagues, an organization which assembles musicians and singers to perform musical repertoires at local nursing homes. Luo serves as president of the organization and will use the money to start a similar program while she’s in college.
“Kasey exemplifies the Junior League’s mission and her volunteer activities express a significant and sustained commitment to community service and leadership,” said League President Debra McLaughlin said.