The scope of this Economic Development Authority-funded Capital Improvements Program project is changing. The next proposal will be for simpler changes to the area, like installing new landscaping and mulch or rocks, as well as adding benches and lighting. Construction costs were higher than anticipated, so the EDA voted 5-2 against providing the additional funding. Staff and EDA will discuss ways to make improvements on a smaller scale. Stay tuned for more information!
Originally Planned Project
Redevelopment of the existing downtown public plaza located in the 100 block of West Broad Street between the Hunan Café and Hot N Juicy Crawfish eateries, was planned as part of the City's 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Program. Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the City's Economic Development Authority. The project would have included landscaped and hardscaped areas with built-in and movable seating for open air performances, dining, and special events.
Even with smaller-scale changes, the revitalized plaza will help continue to activate the downtown area with pedestrian traffic, provide positive economic impacts to local businesses, and create a versatile space for everyone to enjoy in the heart of the City.
Original Project: $550,000
To be determined.
Since the EDA decided not to provide additional funding for the proposed larger-scale project, City staff will put together a proposal for a smaller-scale project.