While the renovation and restoration of the Temple Israel building was complete by 2008, the area outside must meet modern building codes. Therefore, the land grading is different today from how it was 1800s. The street is paved and graded per modern specs and concrete sidewalks are all over the town. In front of the temple is no exception. Part of the restoration was to establish sidewalks, curbs, and modern grading. Another requirement is with the addition of a handicap ramp and railings since the building is a publicly accessible space. Also, various little projects happened in the years after, most notably a garden in the spaced created from all the concrete work, the fire hydrant still left in place (but eventually disconnected), and some more finish work with the sidewalks.
In late summer 2014, the sidewalk was extended to include the lot next to the synagogue and that is also owned by Temple Israel. This plot of land was also originally owned by the old Congregation Israel and was most likely a buffer from the neighbor as well as some exterior space for the congregants. The sidewalk extension was put in to formalize the connection of the side plot with the road, but also to help against erosion and tire rutting. The extension makes both plots look better! The small hole in the sidewalk is the new water valve for the building put in during the restoration. The old water valve was disconnected but is still out in front of the building. The sidewalk also allowed the final removal of a t-post that protected the water valve!