The Repair and Renovation of the 76th Street Dead-End Stairs

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For decades the dead end staircase on 76th Street between Ridge Boulevard and Colonial Road has been allowed to rust, rot and decay.  The hand rails, railing and fence supports are rusted through. The cement stairs are riddled with cracks and holes and the lack of adequate lighting on the three, long staircase sections are a danger to the elderly as well as the general public who use the stairs daily.

This condition of abandonment has encouraged an increase in litter including beer bottles and drug paraphernalia, regular drug use, graffiti and a general understanding by individuals that their abuse of the area is tolerated by the community at large.

This condition of neglect has been allowed to exist and has now reached an unacceptable level of danger. It is a constant reminder to members of the community that public authorities have yet to effectively address these issues.

Our goal is to replace the unsafe elements of the staircase, landscape the green space and provide mid-staircase safety lighting using design elements in keeping with the historical nature of the community.  

Temporary repairs are ineffective at remedying these dangerous conditions. The potential consequences to the elderly and the general public will cause financial liabilities far in excess of the necessary repairs.

In addition, those necessary repairs can be done in such a way as to add to the overall quality and enjoyment of the neighbors and citizens of this community.



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