City hosts presentation on Downtown Streetscape at 5 p.m. Tuesday
A downtown Center streetscape renovation project presentation open to the public is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Center City Hall.
“The project design team and engineers will be presenting the final recommendations for major renovation of the entire square,” said City Manager Chad Nehring. Input from the public and stakeholders in the downtown area is welcomed and appreciated, he said.
Nehring said final decisions and adjustments will be made in coming days for the final plans.
“This is the last opportunity for questions and input on finishes, design, construction process, etc., prior to the final soliciting bids for construction,” he said.
Deborah Chadwick, president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, said she is looking forward to the finished project.
“The end result is going to be a beautiful downtown area for us to enjoy and one that will hopefully attract many more visitors,” she said. The chamber membership is working closely with the city to help ensure property owners and business owners are well informed regarding the process and timeline for the renovation project.
Chadwick encourages all property owners, business operators and others impacted by the project along with the general public to attend Tuesday's meeting.
“This will be an excellent opportunity to see blueprints and ask questions,” she said. As the project progresses efforts will be made to keep the public updated through correspondence and possibly additional meetings.
“The streetscape project is a huge undertaking that will require our patience and understanding,” Chadwick said.
Another informational meeting on the project is set for 8:30 a.m., April 23, at Shelby Savings Bank during the monthly meeting of the Center Small Business Association. This meeting is being coordinated by the association in conjunction with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.
At a March City Council meeting Nehring outlined the projected timeline for the streetscape for what is expected to happen after Tuesday's meeting.
“Once any final details or adjustments are worked out from this presentation, the project will be advertised for bids, which is at least a 60-day process before awarding a construction contract,” he said.