Progress continues on downtown Roseville’s town square

9/11 monument moved, and other changes outside Civic Center
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Two and a half months ago, construction crews broke ground on the new town square project outside Civic Center in downtown Roseville.

While the dug-up parking lot still looks like a pile of dirt and rubble, the city’s Development Analyst Bill Aiken said the project is moving along nicely. Eventually, the space will accommodate a water fountain, stage, public restrooms, concrete seating and more to create an outdoor gathering space.

“We’ve got a lot done, although it doesn’t look like it,” Aiken said.

The Press Tribune caught up with Aiken to get the lowdown on the project’s status.

Grant Street closed

The city closed Grant Street across from Civic Center in mid-October so crews could begin digging up the street to conduct utility upgrades and other work. Once done, the four-lane road will become three lanes. Grant Street will remain closed through the end of the year.

Taylor Street is back open after a temporary closure to allow for upgrades to water lines, sewer lines and storm drains.

Aiken said overall businesses have been receptive to the inconveniences, but the city has received some complaints from residents because the parking lot in front of Civic Center is torn up. Within a one-block radius, 1,000 parking spots remain, including 550 spaces in the garage on Vernon Street, Aiken said.

The utility payment depository has also been relocated from the parking lot so residents can continue to access the after-hours box.

Construction work is avoiding the city’s downtown mobile food event, which takes place the third Thursday of each month and began in September.

“We’ve managed to stay out of their way,” Aiken said. “It’s a balancing act.”

Disappearing trees

The city removed 40 trees to make way for town square construction, but the sycamore trees that remain are staying put and two large oak trees have been preserved. The city will plant about 60 new trees next spring.

One Press Tribune reader wrote in concerned about the city’s 9/11 monument, which used to sit on the east side of Civic Center but is no longer there. The roses and plaque were relocated to the west side entrance near the two large benches.

Demolition finished

The demolition portion of the town square project is done, and most of the underground utility work is also complete, Aiken said. That includes sewer work to allow for a public restroom and a drain for the future water feature.

Soon, crews will begin on the hardscape portion of the project by pouring concrete — hopefully before the rainy season begins. The town square will likely be completed by May 2013.

“That’s all weather-dependent,” Aiken said. “We’re pushing harder to get it done before then.”