City returning benches to K Street with the support of Mayor Steinberg and Vice Mayor Steve Hansen
The 10 benches that the City Department of Public Works removed from the K Street Mall last week will be reinstalled in the coming days with the support of Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Vice Mayor Steve Hansen.
In a joint statement, Mayor Steinberg and Vice Mayor Hansen, who represents downtown, said the benches will be reinstalled while the City conducts a broader assessment of the streetscape on K Street between Seventh and 12th streets.
“It is clear that there is community support for the benches to be reinstalled temporarily while the City conducts a community engagement process,” the pair said.
The City Department of Public Works will reinstall the 10 benches this week.
Mayor Steinberg and Vice Mayor Hansen both voiced support of the City’s ongoing effort to address deferred maintenance on K Street and improve the corridor’s appearance by removing worn, outdated equipment and infrastructure. The Public Works Department is also developing a sustainability plan for power washing, trash removal and overall upkeep.
“Our offices receive calls from pedestrians, downtown workers and small business owners on a daily basis about the deteriorating conditions and frequent public safety issues on K Street,” said Vice Mayor Hansen. “Haphazard and inconsistent planning among multiple agencies has resulted in unmaintained and unpermitted street encroachments, including empty above-ground planters, defunct phone booths, and deficient maintenance of other pedestrian amenities.”
Mayor Steinberg said he and Vice Mayor Hansen are “committed to working with stakeholders to figure out how we best address daily complaints from citizens while also replacing seating options that best serve the people who use this key corridor in our city.”
For further information, contact Matt Read in Vice Mayor Hansen’s office at 916-808-5241 or Mary Lynne Vellinga in Mayor Steinberg’s office at 916-599-3724.