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Nevada City’s Robinson Plaza to add permanent seating

Residents and visitors to Nevada City’s downtown district looking for an outdoor space to rest their legs while enjoying lunches in the shade will soon have additional seating options at Robinson Plaza.

Three sets of steel tables and chairs will be installed Thursday at the plaza, said Vice Mayor Evans Phelps, who spearheaded the project when she ran unopposed for a seat on the council in 2014.

Robinson Plaza is a small commemorative space located at the base of Commercial Street, where it meets with Union Alley and Coyote Street.

Phelps had previously told The Union that she proposed the project because she wanted to “see more places for people to hang out, congregate and enjoy Nevada City.”

Two sets of temporary chairs and tables are currently in place at the plaza.

During a March 9 meeting, Nevada City Council voted unanimously to bypass an environmental review of the project, and approved the design and placement of the chairs and tables through a 3-2 vote. Council members Terri Andersen and Mayor Jennifer Ray cast the opposing votes.

All three sets, designed and sculpted by local metal-smith and furniture-maker Mark Oldland, will be completed with solid table tops. The first set has three chairs and a triangular table measuring 30 inches. The second set is a 30-inch triangular table with two chairs and a space to accommodate a wheelchair. The third set is a 40 by 50 inch rectangular table with four chairs.

Phelps said the cost of building the seating was around $8,700. The city supplemented the cost with around $2,500 in support.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email, or call 530-477-4236.

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