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Throughout Adams County’s share of the Berkeley neighborhood, the wide, tree-lined streets lack one thing: sidewalks.Using a $475,000 Community Development Block Grant, Adams County will soon change that, completing sidewalks in the residential neighborhood, bounded by Tennyson Street on the west, Lowell Boulevard on the east, 52nd Avenue on the south and 54th Avenue on the north.County officials hope to begin construction on the project this fall.“There’s a lot of missing links and we wanted to clean that up,” said Mark Moskowitz, administrative coordinator with the county’s Public Works Department.He said that benefits from the sidewalks include greater safety for pedestrians and better drainage. County spokesman Jim Siedlecki added that in areas with sidewalks, residents get out of their homes and walk the neighborhoods more.Moskowitz said that the county is working with homeowners in the area to install the sidewalks without disrupting their property. Some of them have historic mailboxes that they don’t want to remove, while others have large trees near the property line.“Anytime you introduce a modern amenity into a historic neighborhood you run a risk of upsetting the balance,” Siedlecki said.Moskowitz and Siedlicki say that most neighbors they have talked to are excited for the project.“They love that they’re going to have sidewalks that connect,” Moskowitz said.For Jose Jimenez, who lives in a home with an immaculately maintained yard on Meade Street near Carl Park Community Center and Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, the sidewalks have been a long time coming.“I’ve been complaining for the past 42 years,” he said.Jimenez, whose house sits downhill from the rest of the neighborhood, is looking forward to improvements to water drainage that will come with the project.Just south of Jimenez, neighbor Steve Popick is less excited about the sidewalks.“I prefer it messy,” the retired contractor says, pointing to a cluttered yard.However, Popick is resigned to the fact that the sidewalks are coming, and is happy that the county won’t be removing the neighborhoods trees to do it.“You’re not going to stop progress,” he said.Wendy Carter grew up in the neighborhood.“There were no sidewalks whatsoever,” she said.Carter has had sidewalks on her block for about 20 years now and said it has transformed the area, bringing people out of their homes and onto the street more.“We’re so excited to see the rest of the neighborhood completed,” she said.
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