November 14, 2013
The LRA is transplanting a number of mature trees from the First Avenue berm to the south side of First Avenue and to a new park within the Boulevard One site. The varieties include honey locust and Austrian pines. Planting along First Avenue near Newport Street will continue into December. A full-time contractor is hand-watering existing trees throughout the Boulevard One site, including lindens, ash, crabapples, ponderosa pine, blue spruce and scotch pines. These trees will be either transplanted or kept in place. More than 2,500 new trees will be planted in parks and tree lawns at Boulevard One.
Building Demolition: Watch on the Webcam
The large building on the Boulevard One site is being demolished. Formerly known as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Center (DFAS), this 600,000 square foot, 3-story building was built in 1974 and housed 3,000 employees. Demolition will take approximately 3 months. Material such as metals and concrete will be recycled. The site is closed to the general public, but anyone can view the progress by clicking on the “Demolition Webcam” link at boulevardonelowry.com/whats-new.
Boulevard One Grading Underway
The Lowry Redevelopment Authority is grading the Boulevard One site to create new roads and lots in the first phase of residential development, south of First Avenue from Magnolia Street to Oneida Court. The work is scheduled to take two months.
- Approximately 130,000 cubic yards of soil will be graded and most stockpiled near the center of the Boulevard One site. The stockpiled soil will fill the hole left by the former Defense Finance and Accounting Service Center building.
- Five new streets will be graded that will connect to First Avenue in 2014: Magnolia Street, Niagara Street, Newport Street, Oneida Street and Oneida Court. The First Avenue berm will be removed to accommodate the new streets.
- Many existing trees will be preserved or transplanted in Boulevard One parks, tree lawns and along the south side of First Avenue. More than 2,500 new trees will be planted at Boulevard One.
- Approximately 80 lots for single family detached homes will be created.
Pavement Removal & Recycling
A pavement recycling program began at Boulevard One in April. There are about 24 acres of roads, parking lots, tennis courts and tarmac on the site. About 54,000 tons will be recycled near Lowry Boulevard and reused as road base and parks materials.