Borough Will Pay $57,000 For Tree Grates in Public Plaza
Atom-shaped tree grates for the new public plaza were approved at a cost of $57,000 at Borough Council's July 13 meeting.
The 12 tree grates will be designed by West Windsor artist Francois Guillemin, also known as Le Corbeau. Measured at 8 1/2 feet in diameter, each grate will be laser cut into the design of a carbon atom and will cost approximately $4,750, which includes design, craftsmanship, and installation of the wrought-iron grates.
The approximate cost for tree grates if they were purchased off-the-shelf would have been $22,000, or $1,800 per grate.
All the furnishings for the plaza, which will be located adjacent to the new Princeton Public Library, will be highly decorative thanks to a $150,000 donation from Princeton University. The University's donation replaced the $102,200 the Borough had put aside to pay for the furnishings, and has allowed the Plaza Art Committee to come up with a more decorative design for the furnishings, which will reflect Princeton's identity. The donation will pay for chairs, tables, benches, tree grates, planters, bicycle racks, and a $13,000 bus shelter.
Mr. Guillemin will receive a deposit of $28,500 to begin, $14,250 when the project is 50 percent complete, and another $14,250 when it is finished.
Delivery and completion of the project
is predicted for early October. Downtown merchants are currently
planning an opening celebration for the new plaza on October