A $1.3 million grant will help village create a Gateway Streetscape Improvement Project along parts of Water, Main and Union Streets

Residents and business owners in the village of Dundee will have opportunities to contribute to plans for a new look in the downtown streetscape of the village.

The village board unanimously approved an agreement with Barton & Louguidice engineering firm for developing a Gateway Streetscape Improvement Project which will introduce elements along Main and Water Street to calm traffic, improve pedestrian accommodations, reduce untreated stormwater runoff, relieve stress on the village’s storm sewer system, reduce inflow into the village’s sanitary sewer system and address damage and safety hazards caused by standing water.

The project will also provide the village with an inviting gateway and welcoming environment for residents and visitors, according to the plan reviewed by B&L representatives at the Jan. 9 Village Board meeting.

A $1.3 million state grant will be the main source of funding for the project.

The village of Dundee, incorporated in 1848, will be one of the first in the area to have a downtown that incorporates porous asphalt driveway aprons, pervious flexi-pave within pedestrian corridors, stormwater infiltration trees, biorentention bump outs, and other elements to alleviate safety hazards for pedestrians.

As a result of the project, stormwater which now runs into a tributary to Big Stream, which is a major tributary to Seneca Lake, will be diverted to bioretention gardens and infiltration areas; sidewalks on the south side of Union Street and west side of Main Street will be reconstructed to be compliant with accessibility standards.

The new streetscape, which is a New York State highway traveled by sometimes heavy traffic including large trucks, along side horse-drawn buggies, bicyclists, tour buses, and farm equipment, will encourage multi-modal mobility.

The project will begin with a workshop for village officials, representatives from the state Department of Transportation, and other agencies.

After preliminary work in surveying, mapping, data collection, environmental impact review, and planning, up to two public workshops will be held to seek input from interested public and affected business owners. These workshops will most likely be held during regularly scheduled village board meetings in the village hall.