Public Square project on pace for June unveiling

Posted at 8:17 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 20:17:36-05

The statue of Moses Cleaveland sits on the south side of Public Square looking north from a spot that a year ago was still busy with traffic in the middle of Ontario Street. The statue's placement is one of the final touches as the $37 million overhaul of the square nears its June completion date.

"We're in line for completing the project June 1 as planned," said Group Plan Executive Director Jeremy Paris looking out over the square.

"You can see how much progress we made," he said looking at the work on this sunny February day ranged from the continued planting of trees, work on the cafe under construction and the piping in place for what will be the square's water feature.

The project was helped Sunday with $3.5 million from the state.

"We have what we need now to complete the construction project," Paris said. "We are equally focused on taking care of the project on operating and maintaining it so we need continued to bring in resources so that we're able to take care of this and use it actively for years to come."

Paris said work continues towards the Group Plan's next big project--the pedestrian bridge connecting Mall C to the Science Center and Rock Hall.

"We want to be able to walk out from the front door of Terminal Tower, through the transformed Public Square over the wonderful mall and then connect right down to the lakefront so we're working on having the resources we need but its all progressing very nicely," he said.