Once fall arrives, the Sutton Bus Loop will look like an empty field nestled between Hazel and Maple avenues.
The City of Maplewood hired a contractor, Concrete Design, for roughly $213,00 to remove most of the pavement so the area can become a green space. The restroom facility and pavilion will not be demolished.
The space will likely host a park in a couple years, but it probably won't be a "plasticy park," said Anthony Traxler, public works director in Maplewood. and are only a few blocks away.
Instead, residents will probably see a park filled with natural structures; something similar to Turtle Playground in Forest Park, he said. The final decision will be made by Maplewood City Council, but that's a couple years away. Right now, the city has to prepare the site by growing grass and adding a few parking spaces.
Concrete Design will also add 15 parking spaces: a nine-space lot off of Hazel and a six-space lot off of Maple.
Hazel will become a two-way road until it meets the alley behind the bus loop, then it becomes one-way. The alley will stay one-way and Maple will be one-way to the alley.
Demolition is expected to start this week but it shouldn't disrupt traffic on Sutton. The project is slated to be completed by September.