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City Says Decrepit Inwood Step-Street on Track for Rehab

Posted By Brad Aaron On October 21, 2011 @ 12:30 pm In DDC,DOT,Inwood,Pedestrian Infrastructure,Pedestrian safety | 4 Comments

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After a dozen years of waiting, what's a couple more, give or take? Photo: Brad Aaron

It was supposed to happen circa 2005. Then in 2009. Now the city says the restoration of a crumbling block-long staircase that serves as a pedestrian-only street in Inwood will be finished by summer 2013.

The 215th Step-Street connects Broadway to residential blocks at Inwood’s northern end. For years its cracked stairs and broken lamps have posed a hazard — neighborhood residents have been asking the city to rebuild it since at least 1999. In 2007 a woman tripped on a hole in the stairs, cutting her legs and face, prompting renewed calls for action.

In 2008, DOT officials and then-Assembly Member Adriano Espaillat announced that a reconstruction project would be completed the following year [2]. Instead, in the summer of 2009 the city backed off its pledge [3].

Now the Department of Design and Construction says plans are moving forward.

“The project is in Final Design and that phase is scheduled to be completed by July 2012,” a DDC spokesperson told Streetsblog. “The project is scheduled to begin construction in FY 13.”

While the news is promising, Inwoodites could be forgiven for not holding their breath.


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[3] the city backed off its pledge: http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/07/01/renovation-of-crumbling-dangerous-215th-step-street-delayed-again/

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