It seems like every day we hear about another public program or project endangered by the city and state budget crisis. It appears the unfinished Allen Street pedestrian mall face-lift can now be added to the growing list.
Earlier this week, city officials updated members of Community Board 3 on the project. Randy Wade of the Department of Transportation said her agency has completed the reconfiguration of Allen and Pike Streets, redesigning automobile and bicycle lanes, closing selected intersections and tinkering with traffic signals. Now it’s up to the Parks Department to finish the job – adding landscaping, seating and other enhancements meant to transform 13 blocks below Houston Street into the Lower East Side’s “Champs-Elysees.”