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New ‘People Spot’ Parklets Being Installed On Andersonville Strip, Other Improvements Also Underway

parklet-1Andersonville is once again installing ‘people spot’ parklets on Clark Street in Andersonville. The installation will take place today and tomorrow and will provide extra seating ares for people as well as additional greenery. The project is a collaboration between The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance.

The parklets will be built out today at 5214-5216 N. Clark (in front of Pastoral and Presence) and at 5505-5507 N. Clark (mainly in front of the new True North café). On Thursday, Patch Landscaping will take over adding the gravel, dirt, grasses and plants. The spots will replace several parking spaces through the summer.

In order to showcase the beauty of recycled wood, the parklet at 5505-5507 will also be a demonstration partnership with the Rebuilding Exchange. The Rebuilding Exchange is a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to create a market for reclaimed building materials.

parklet-3Michael Ashkenasi, Director of Sustainability Programs for the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance is excited to begin the project. He said, “we’re very happy to be reinstalling these public seating areas that bring some needed greenery to a neighborhood lacking in open space.” Ashkenasi added, ” By repurposing a few parking spots, our hope is that people from the community take a moment to stop, sit, linger, chat, listen, and enjoy everything Andersonville has to offer.”

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance has also been hard at work with other improvements along the Clark Street strip. They recently have painted area light poles, weeded the tree pits and power washed the business district’s sidewalks. They will continue the work through the next few weeks.

Ashkenasi said, “These efforts illustrate our two organizations’ commitment to sustainability, and we hope to make the neighborhood look even better than it usually does for a great summer in the neighborhood!”


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