Green space proposed; Sharpsburg Council wants to see plans before moving forward
Sharpsburg officials want to see what plans for green space along Bridge Street look like before deciding if they will support the project.
Money left over from construction work on the street could be used to create a green space that might alleviate flooding in that area.
Borough secretary Jan Barbus said officials of the Allegheny River Towns and Enterprise Zone (ARTEZ) organization are seeking quotes for the project.
Sharpsburg would have to maintain the area because it would be in the borough.
Barbus said borough leaders need to let enterprise zone officials know thoughts about the potential project and if they want to maintain it.
“It will be a low-maintenance project, but that's something that council needs to let ARTEZ know,” Barbus said.
Borough engineer Robert Ziskhau said the problem with water runoff in the area, which includes a staircase coming down from the 62nd Street Bridge, also could be fixed by PennDOT.
“If there's a problem with the runoff from the 62nd Street Bridge, then PennDOT needs address that problem and take care of it up on the bridge,” Ziskhau said.
Councilman Anthony Sacco said while the project would look nice, the amount of water runoff from the bridge might be too much for that space.
“I'd like to see what the green space will look like,” Sacco said. “It'd have to be like a football field.”
Councilman Lou DeLuca agreed that if the green space is meant to help with drainage, it wouldn't be enough for the water runoff.
“The water that comes off that bridge, no way it is going to be absorbed by a green space,” DeLuca said.
Barbus said she will request that borough officials see plans for the site before any decisions are made.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or email@example.com.
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