Public input sought on River Landing project

The public is invited to attend a second public meeting on the River Landing at Warren on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in community room at Northwest Savings Bank, 305 Second Ave. in downtown Warren. A presentation with scale drawings and illustrations of the project will start at 5:30 p.m.

The Leadership Warren County Class of 2014 has formed a committee to build the River Landing at Warren that includes a three-phase riverfront development to enhance the use of downtown by people recreating on the Allegheny River and allow access to the river directly from the downtown area.

“We are excited to be able to hold our next public input meeting so quickly,” committee member Todd Bowersox said. “We must have been meeting on a regular basis since graduation and have nearly completed our business plan, design illustrations, and phase roll-outs. We feel the public’s ability to touch and feel the project will help them understand all three phases of the project.”

Phase one of the project is a floating dock behind Soldiers and Sailors Park, between the Hickory Street bridge and Breeze Point Landing. The committee is working with Gator Dock from Georgia to make the dock. The area will be landscaped and the dock will be pulled from the river and stored in the area.

“We’ll have the dock system here, it will all be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act compatible), it will be kind of a walk-way actually from down here on to Breeze Point,” Bowersox said. “We’re trying to dispel the idea it’s going to be a dock for like sport boats…it’s just really a point of access for downtown Warren…canoes, kayaks, you’ll be able to tie your fishing boat to it.”

Committee member William Bussoletti said the goal is to have phase one complete and ready for Memorial Day 2015.

“This gives us plenty of time this fall and winter to really push the funding part of it,” Bussoletti said. “Our goal is to have it up and running by Memorial Day 2015…that’s the goal.”

Phase two of the project proposes a Historical Log Raft Trail, an elevated walk-way that hugs the river underneath the Hickory Street Bridge to the River Raftsmans Trail on the other side of the bridge.

Phase three is a drive-in boat launch for larger boats at the end of Liberty Street and utilize the parking lot which is “perfect for vehicle and trailer parking” and would be similar to the boat launch in Starbrick, Bowersox said.

Bussoletti said funding for the project would be a combination of grants and fundraising.