Antioch Court project holding Sept. 14 kickoff
Over 10 years in the making, plans are in place to convert Montclair Village's Antioch Court into a public gathering space with improved safety features.
Those safety features include leveling sidewalks and crosswalks for ADA compliance, shortening and relocating the crosswalks at the intersection of Antioch Court and Mountain Boulevard, building bulb-outs for safety and sitting areas, eliminating the left turn from Antioch Court to Mountain Boulevard and leveling the court for community activities.
The revisions to the area, scheduled to begin construction in summer 2015, are designed to enhance pedestrian safety when the street is open to vehicles and provide for temporary closings of the street, initially on Sundays, for public gatherings and events.
Funds have been secured from the City of Oakland to complete the construction drawings, inspections and initial construction work. Community fundraising activities to augment city funds begin on Sept. 14, when Antioch Court will be closed to vehicles from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a kickoff celebration.
Activities begin at 11 a.m. and include live music by the Marchmen. Local merchants will have tables in front of their places of business to sell food, beverages and retail items. Other Montclair Village merchants plan to have booths on the street selling food and beverages.
The purpose of the event is to provide a glimpse at what the court will look like after renovations are complete and to provide an opportunity for residents to purchase personalized bricks that will be installed on the featured bulb-out at the Antioch Court and Mountain Boulevard intersection.
The bricks range in price from $125 to $400. Benches and other enhancements are also available for donations to help cover the cost of the construction.
The project is being sponsored by the Montclair Village Association in conjunction with the Montclair Safety & Improvement Council.
-- Daniel Swafford, MVA executive director