Opportunity in Claremont Avenue's Median?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The view entering Rockridge is much nicer these days for motorists exiting Hwy 24 at Claremont Avenue: New shrubs line the ramp; new trees line nearby sidewalks; the DaVita Dialysis facility on the corner of Clifton has been transformed.

But travel up Claremont Avenue, as most guests approaching the historic Claremont Hotel do, and you'll find the area near the highway underpass needs sprucing up. Scenic Streets thinks the huge median in the middle of the street would be a smart place to start.

Nearly the length of two football fields, its 8,000 square feet are covered by asphalt. The southern half is the widest section (up to 20 feet) and is exposed to sun and rainfall, making it an ideal place for shrubs and trees. Its gateway location would be enhanced by a welcoming sign, as well.

Our small team of volunteers continues to explore the feasibility for this project, and no initial proposal has been made to the city. Our biggest hurdle will be funding and Scenic Streets needs to be able to plan how to cover the ballpark costs. The trees and shrubs would be inexpensive, but removing asphalt and amending the road fill dirt underneath will be more costly.

Scenic Streets is soliciting local business leaders to fund the project in 2015, but individual donors will be needed as well. Visit http://www.scenicstreets.org/Donate.html to make a pledge to get the ball rolling.