Chess Plaza – SW Quadrant – So Close & Yet Will It Be Completed This Year?

Off Limits for Oh So Long
So Close... And Yet?
Part of Phase III Now Fenced Off

Even I get a bit tired writing about the status of Washington Square Park Redesign: Phase II… When I wrote my last post on what-seemed-like-its-imminent-completion on November 10th, I really thought this section of the park – Phase II-B – long-under-construction (amidst prolonged stops and starts) would be open by the end of that month. Now it’s mid-December and it appears just some landscaping and fencing is left to be completed. Work that should not take very long. Certainly the whole job should have been completed soon after Phase II-A opened on June 2nd. And yet, something is very wrong with this taking so long, and, again, no elected official or governing body pays it any attention.

I wonder when Phase III (which also now includes parts of Phase II) will begin. The budget for all three phases is at least $35 Million at this point (initially budgeted and approved by the City Council for $16 Million).

To catch up on Phase II A and B, see this WSP Blog post: Washington Square Park Redesign Phase II-B/Chess Plaza Finally Sees Some Action * Completion by Month’s End? November 10, 2011

An overview of Phase II, the cost and delays here.