update:– The District has announced it will suspend construction and road closures in the area during the first week of school.
Larchmont–Mamaroneck Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert I. Shaps has sent a letter District-wide telling many parents what they could already surmise– the Murray Avenue stairs project will not be ready for the start of school Sept. 3, and will continue into Fall.
Among the temporary changes will be traffic re-routing, a temporary entrance and relocation of two small group instructional spaces.
Areas of the steps have been cordoned off to foot traffic for several years due to structural damage.
“We recognize the inconvenience this project delay will cause, Shaps says. “Unfortunately, as you may be aware, the challenges of public work projects such as this abound; similarly to municipal work, school districts as public institutions must abide by the rules and regulations dictated by NY State law. When a change in contractor is made, as has been done in this case, the District must follow a stringent legal process. At the same time, we are cognizant of our fiduciary responsibility and are committed to doing all we can to complete this project within planned costs.”
An earlier project replacing an historic stone wall at Murray was met with mixed reviews.