SEA STREET HYANNIS
SEA STREET IMPROVEMENT
Sea Street Background
Sea Street has provided a link from commercial activities on Main
Street to the sea for centuries. In 1893 the United State Geological
Survey map shows a few buildings at the South Street end of Sea Street
and a connection to what are now Sea Street and Keyes Beaches. At the
sea end of the street, the Old Colony Railroad tracks terminated in a
one thousand foot wharf enabling freight and passengers to be off loaded
and loaded – some bound for or coming from Nantucket, some for coastwise
travel and some for other ports.
Sea Street was also host to a large dairy farm in the late 1800’s and
early 1900’s. The street hosts the 1800 Crocker house which is listed
on the National Register of Historic Places.
About the Project:
The Growth Management Department and the Department of Public Works
have initiated Sea Street visioning sessions to develop feasible and
sensible improvements for this streetscape. Recommendations and
improvements are being developed through public meetings or visioning
sessions with the neighborhood and interested stakeholders.
During the first Sea Street visioning session, meeting attendees
described their neighborhood:
Connection to ocean | Connection to Kennedy compound | Multi-cultural
| History and historic cemeteries | Family oriented | Captain’s homes |
Large trees | B&B’s
Speeding | Not bike friendly | Not pedestrian friendly | Poor
sidewalks | Poor street lighting
The neighbors also discussed opportunities for improvements:
Lighting | Bike network connection – Gosnold to Sea Street to Hyannis
Port and beyond to connect south coast beaches | Benches | Visual appeal
| Sidewalks | Bike racks | Traffic calming
Based on the results of this neighborhood assessment, goals for the
streetscape were developed. They are fairly simple:
Traffic calming measures; improved sidewalks on both sides of the
street for its entire length; crosswalks: additional lighting at
intersections and along the sidewalks for evening use; on road bike
lanes; improved wayfinding signs and bike route signs; adding street
trees wherever possible; improved visibility at intersections; handling
stormwater in a sustainable way using the land fronting the cemetery.
In February the first streetscape concept draft was presented to the
neighbors at a public meeting held at HYCC. Neighbors cheerfully drew
on the plans to further refine the concept.
Our urban designer, Kate Kennen of Offshoots, Inc will rework the
concepts for an early May meeting. Stakeholders and residents will again
weigh in and a final concept will then be prepared to move on to the
final design, funding and construction phases.
JoAnne Miller Buntich, Director of the Growth Management Department,
is the project manager and can be contacted at (508) 862-4735. Questions
can also be directed to Steve Seymour, GMD Senior Engineer at (508)
862-4086 and Roger Parsons, Town Engineer at (508) 790-6400
Concept Plan PDF
How to Get Involved
See what your neighbors are saying and share your ideas for improving
Sea Street on Barnstable iForum. Visit
www.BarnstableiForum.com to join the conversation.