South Broadway Renovation Program, Yonkers, New York
Client: Planning Agency
Team: Landscape Architects: Abel Bainnson Butz; Design Consultant and Project Manager: Nathalie Rozot
Environmental Graphics: Russel Design Associates
South Broadway in Yonkers is a strip of Americana, lined with low-rise commercial and residential buildings, parking lots and a park, which doubles as a route for trucks and buses. Proactive constituents in the renovation program were Yonkers’ Planning Agency, which provided capital funds and re-routed traffic, and a local business group which strategized funding for operations costs. Six activity areas (the city gateway and parking lots with adjacent bus stops) pace the street with a newfound visual rhythm. They redefine the pedestrian and the vehicular experience in daytime and nighttime. Sidewalk extensions with new amenities increase pedestrian space. The remainder of the street is tree-lined, tree species vary and tree spacings fluctuate. Cost effectiveness lead the design strategy, allowing to surpass the program’s requirements and repave the full length of the strip within the allocated budget. Quintessential roadway materials were used thoughout for low-maintenance (brushed aluminum and galvanized steel site amenities, aluminum sheet signs covered with reflectorized adhesive material). Horizontal marking (reflective roadway delineators, oversized lettering on asphalt), albeit cost-effective and in budget, were left out during construction.