Reconstruction of East Livingston Avenue is expected to kick into high gear next year and the German Village Society has asked that brick replace concrete sidewalks along the corridor.

The city of Columbus, which is set to begin the first of three phases next year, has taken the request under advisement, but officials do not appear to be optimistic that request will be fulfilled.

"It's a difficult conversation to have but I'll try," said James Young, an administrator for the city.

Young said cost was the most significant barrier and concrete is easier to install. Its surface also doesn't become uneven as quickly as brick.

Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society, said once the brick would be installed it's up to the property owner to maintain it.

Todorov said German Village brings scores of visitors into the city, which should have some influence on the decision.

"I know the bricks cost more, but the outcome is significant," Todorov said, "and this is a once-in-50-years, 75-years project. This is an opportunity to get it right."

The issue was raised Sept. 12 at the society's monthly meeting.

Some ideas to help offset the cost were discussed. They included sharing the cost with the property owners or replacing concrete with brick on the south side, most of which is in the historic district, instead of the north side.

The city will improve Livingston in three phases between Parsons Avenue and Front Street.

Workers already are burying utilities and other work related to the first phase of construction which is expected to begin next year between Kennedy and Fifth streets.

Phases B and C, which will finish the project, are not expected to begin until 2020. Those phases are tied to Ohio Department of Transportation funding, Young said.

The plan is to widen the road, creating space for street trees, bike lanes, new curbs and on-street parking spaces.

The work will be done in concert with the Interstate 70/Interstate 71 interchange project, which will affect traffic routes in the area.

Young said those who live and have businesses on Livingston will be notified well in advance of any construction and regularly updated on its status.

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