What has been promised hasn’t been delivered
Wooden sheds holding electrical equipment also remain unfinished. Newly planted trees have no surrounding grass or fencing, and promised benches, fire pits and security cameras are nowhere to be found.
“What was promised, hasn’t been delivered,” said O’Connor. “We were promised the moon, and now we’re basically kicking rocks.”
George Bolos, a city official who oversees the 17th Street Farmer’s Market, says the Franklin Street renovation is an entirely separate project that won’t be finished until the fall. Bolos said restaurant owners were made aware of the separate projects.
As for unfinished landscaping and planned benches, security cameras and fire pits, Bolos says the city ran into unexpected costs during construction. Now, funding for the $3.5 million project has run out.
The city must look to pull money from elsewhere in the budget to afford the features originally laid out in the plan, including $80,000 for ironwork involving fencing around the trees. Bolos says that process is underway, but it’s still uncertain when that money will become available.