Downtown Facelift, City crews repave Farmer’s Market lot. The Alliance Review, June 1, 2009


The Review

The city of Alliance is attempting to put its best foot forward during this second year of downtown concert events.

Recently, city officials accepted a bid for $33,000 from Central-Allied Enterprises Inc. of Canton to fix the caboose parking lot.

The bids came in lower than expected, as council voted in April to allow for the repair of the lot, which is west of Mechanic Avenue between East Main Street and East Market, at an amount not to exceed $50,000.

Safety-Service Director John Blaser said after city employees began ripping up the blacktop in preparation for the work, they found some damage to the base from demolition of the buildings that once stood there. Employees also laid some permeable boardwalk clay pavers, which were donated by Whitacre-Greer of Alliance, in an area of the lot which tends to accumulate water during heavy rains due to its lower altitude.

The pavers are 2-1/4 by 9 inches long by 3 inches and are suitable for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, according to Whitacre-Greer’s Web site. It can be installed in patterns including basket weave and herringbone.

Some of the pavers’ features are they are Americans With Disabilities Act compliant, available in a variety of standard colors and are useful for storm water management.

Blaser said the bricks will act as a a filter directing the water into the storm system.

The city hopes to have its own work done by Monday, he added.


Alliance crews work on the parking lot on Main Street that is the home for the Farmer’s Market. The bricks at foreground are a recently created new system for the lot that is in the process of being repaved.


The bricks are a recently created new system for the lot that is in the process of being repaved.

Photos by Kevin Graff/The Review.

The Alliance Review
121st year, No. 213