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Downtown Royal Oak Picks Up Awards for Streetscape Design, Holiday Lights

Streetscape improvements at Third, Fourth, Troy and Williams Streets earned recognition from the Michigan Concrete Association. Credit: Judy Davids
Streetscape improvements at Third, Fourth, Troy and Williams Streets earned recognition from the Michigan Concrete Association. Credit: Judy Davids
The Michigan Concrete Association recently recognized the City of Royal Oak with an Award of Excellence for streetscape improvements at Third, Fourth, Troy and Williams Streets.

The scope of the award-winning project included replacing existing sidewalks with decorative concrete and block, as well as the addition of trees, tree grates and site lighting. New underground utilities were also installed. 

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) paid for the streetscape enhancements.

"The Planning, Engineering and Building Departments deserve kudos for their oversight of this project,” said Jay Dunstan, DDA chairperson. “It’s no surprise this award is headed our way"

The contractor, Angelo Iafrate Construction Co., took just two months complete the unique project, largely because of a great team effort that included city officials and Nowak and Fraus Engineers, the designer of the project.

“Everyone around the block is very excited about the streetscape project. We’ve all put a lot of effort, time and money into our businesses and it’s nice to see the area get the kind of attention it deserves,” said Jim Rasor, of the Rasor Law Firm. “It’s a well-designed project and it’s beautiful. It makes the entire area shine.”

And speaking of shining, Royal Oak also just earned a Gold Award in the category of Environmental Improvement and Landscape Design from the Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) for its 2013-2014 holiday display.

The city's dazzling energy-efficient LED lights were designed and installed by English Gardens.

The MGIA awards program was created to celebrate excellence in the fields of Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance, Interiorscape, Irrigation, Landscape Lighting, Creative Horticulture, Water Features and Hardscape.
RON Ostrodamus March 12, 2014 at 11:20 PM
Not to take away from the superior work of the Iafrate Construction Company who enjoy a fabulous reputation. I was amazed at the speed and quality of their work but.......it seems like too little too late considering the flight of businesses from our downtown fleeing the higher rents. Who is going to pay for all those slabs to be replaced in front of the vacancies now? Seriously. Wish we could turn Iafrate Construction loose on our library steps but no one in the library holds a seat on the DDA or held one on our commission. The location of the photo where an ex commissioner is receiving a DDA grant apparently is well..... you know. Other cities are adding comfortable benches to their downtown parks and streets so strolling seniors can join in the socialization a beautiful downtown affords. This happening now in New York where Bloomberg recognized the need for a senior friendly city. RO could also extend the crosswalk light times. I can see how many have to run across eleven mile to make the walk light. This is being done everywhere EXCEPT "RO" where more is shrinking than the spelling of the city lately.
RON Ostrodamus March 12, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Forgot to mention that while other cities have strict littering fines RO has no signs posting fines for dropping cups and butts all over the sidewalks, especially in front of the bars and the library. I would like to think that if something was done to improve our existing downtown plaza and library which I have harped on for three years that fewer businesses would have fled downtown.
Geof Vasquez March 13, 2014 at 08:40 AM
And don't forget all the gum stuck to the sidewalks!
RON Ostrodamus March 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM
That can be removed by high pressure steaming Geoff but the wax stuck in the ears of our mayor, commissioners, landlords and the DDA can only be removed by a doctor. Its been that way for years. City hall maybe needs to call Beaumont like their billboards on Woodward and I-75 suggest.

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