The second TIF project was put into motion after University Place, a $70 million mixed-use development occupying the entire 2000 block of University Avenue, caught and held the attention of the CNRC Board of Directors as it began to think through Sunnyside’s most important infrastructure needs and commitments over the coming decade. Planning and design began in May 2013. Construction on the second TIF Project occurred from 2015-2017 and was an intersection improvement project at University Avenue and Third Street. This TIF Project entailed a major reconfiguration of University Avenue at Beverly Avenue and Third Street. Infrastructure upgrades required the lowering of University Avenue by approximately six feet to bring it down to the level of the Beverly Avenue and Third Street intersections. A street light and pedestrian crossing was included in the reconfiguration of University Avenue.
Total Project Cost: $1.7 million
Contractor: Tony Baiano Construction Co., Inc.
Engineer: Gannet Flemming, Inc.
The photos featured on this page reflect the extent to which the sheer physical presence and size of University Place made demands for infrastructure upgrades in Sunnyside. From streets and sidewalks to deep public services such as storm water, potable water, and sewer, the University Place development reconfigured the landscape of Sunnyside in both the short and long terms. Several other private development projects were completed in the immediate area of the intersection upgrades, which included American Campus Communities, University Place Parking Garage, and Townhomes at University Place.