Madison Center Project

Posted on: October 30, 2015

Another Fuel Tank Discovered

downtown fuel tank and pavers

Brick pavers are being laid at a brisk pace on the north side of Main Street. Brick pavers can now be enjoyed from Wall Street heading west to in-front of the “2000 Building”. As construction has edged westward, parking spaces have been opened. There are now over 13 parking spaces immediately in front of the Post Office and Theater building and the crosswalk at the east end of town has been completely reopened. The parking spaces had been closed and crosswalk difficult to use as construction concentrated on that end of town and the space was used to stage supplies and equipment.

Next week the town expects the delivery of the light poles, tree grates and bike racks. While the light bases still need some wiring, town engineer Mike Ott expects the tree grates and bike racks to be installed on the north side of Main Street by the end of next week.

The abandon fuel tank, which was discovered a few weeks ago was removed this week after being fully evaluated for environmental issues. Unfortunately, on Thursday an additional tank of approximately the same size and age was discovered also in front of Madison Hose Co. #1. That building was an automobile garage, dealership and gas station in the early 1900’s. The newly discovered fuel tank will be properly evaluated and dealt with in the coming weeks.

“Despite the setbacks of discovering two abandon fuel tanks, which need to be dealt with in an environmentally responsible method, I have been very pleased with the overall pace of the project,” said Ryan Duques, EDC Chair, adding, “the finished product is meeting the expectations that the community should expect after 13 years of planning.”

Important Pedestrian Reminder:

Visitors to town are reminded to adhere to all safety walkways. Because tree grates, light poles, etc. have not yet been installed, there are openings in the walkways. Pedestrian walkways have been established to keep visitors safe, so please do not walk under safety tape or around blocked off areas.

PHOTOS: Griswold Garage: The current Madison Hose Co. #1 was originally the Griswold Garage, which sold and serviced automobiles and sold gasoline during the early 1900’s. Fuel Tank Removal: The first abandoned fuel tank was removed on Wednesday, October 28. New Bricks: Visitors to town are already enjoying the new brick pavers.

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