It Cost More than Expected, but Pike Street Triangle is Improved
The Pike Street Triangle, the lot that sits at the corner of Pike and Eighth Streets, has been renovated with new sidewalks, a fence, a garden, trees, and a new parking lot.
The final cost was more than expected, however, and the Covington City Commission had to approve the additional allocation last week.
In October, Adleta Construction was awarded a $87,000 contract, but while doing the work ran into issues that cost an additional $17,000. City Engineer Mike Yeager said some of those issues included a basement under the sidewalk, a cistern found near Pike Street, a faulty water meter in the sidewalk that had to be replaced, additional excavation needed, and the fact that the original parking lot base was in worse shape than expected.
"It turned out really nice," Yeager said. "It really enhances the gateway." Mayor Sherry Carran noted that the sidewalk is now compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, with more space for disabled pedestrians.
East Row Lofts maintains the city-owned lot per an agreement. East Row Lofts the business name associated with the Market Lofts, the 12 apartments now inside the formerly vacant building, created by Orleans Development.
This is what the area looked like before:
And this is what it looks like now:
Story & photos by Michael Monks, editor