Members of the St. Augustine City Commission will lead a ceremony to officially mark the commencement of the Aviles Street Rehabilitation Project on Friday, July 30 at 9:00am. The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony on Aviles Street between King St. and Artillery Lane.
The project, encompassing the northern most block of the street, that portion lying between King Street and Artillery Lane, is expected to be completed by October 1 at a cost of approximately $200,000. When completed the new streetscape will have areas allowing for on-street dining along with new underground utilities, new brick streets, sidewalk widening, benches, landscaping and new street lights.
A key component of the project coming to fruition was the partnership between the City of St. Augustine and Trinity Episcopal Parish, a primary property owner along Aviles Street. Since the project necessitated the removal of the few parking places on the street, Trinity agreed to allow its private parking lot located just a block away at St. George Street and Artillery Lane, to become a public parking area. A revenue sharing plan between the church and the city will supplement the funds required to make the rehabilitation of Aviles Street possible.
Work on the project, designed by the Halback Design Group, will be conducted by Gibbs & Register. During construction, the northern most block of Aviles Street will be closed to vehicular traffic however, businesses will remain open and pedestrian access to the area will be maintained.
After the ceremony and continuing until late Friday evening, Aviles Street businesses will host the Fiesta de Aviles featuring a wide array of activities which, according to organizers will include:
For more information about the Fiesta de Aviles, call 904.819.9990.
For information regarding the opening ceremony, call the Public Affairs Department at 904.825.1053.
For information regarding the Aviles St. Rehabilitation Project, call the Public Works Department at 904.825.1040.
To review previous information on the project, click here.