Downtown Streetscape

Thanh -- April 11th, 2008

The City of Harrisonburg and Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance held a Public Information Meeting last night at the Massanutten Regional Library to share with the public the plans for Phase I of the Harrisonburg Downtown Streetscape Project (The Next Step Downtown).

I stopped in yesterday to the public meeting. There were many City representatives and staff, Harrisonburg Downtown Renissance staff, and project engineers, architects and contractors there to answer questions. I hear that attendance was pretty good and consisted of many downtown business owners and other interested citizens.

Here’s a brief video clip from whsv. Phase I will occur on the east side of N. Main Street starting just north of the Library and extend to Elizabeth Street. It is scheduled to start in May, and if I recall correctly the timeline for completion will be at the end of November of this year. “Phase One will consist of installing new sidewalks, trees, light poles and signs.” (wshv).

The sidewalks will be even (reducing trip hazards), the new trees given more room and proper soil volume/drainage to grow big and healthy, light poles will be of “period” lighting (I don’t remember what period they’re going for, early 1900s?), and the signs will direct visitors to key spots downtown.

Anyone else go to this public meeting and have any additional comments to share?

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