At the January 12th meeting, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board will vote on approving infrastructure priorities as identified by the Downtown Redevelopment Commission (DRC).
The CRA vote to fund the improvements will be taken up at the January 28th meeting.
The proposed infrastructure projects are estimated to cost a total of $1.1 million. If these projects are approved by the CRA Board, the funding will come from the Fiscal Year 2021 Master and Reserve Funds.
The bicycle and pedestrian improvements are estimated to cost a total of $472,000, and there are three different projects. The first is extending the sidewalk along the east side of MLK Jr. Blvd. between Bloxham St. and Blount St.
The second project is replacing the 68 wooden benches in the Downtown District with black, metal benches. This project aims to install longer-lasting benches that require less maintenance. The wooden swing bench on the southeast intersection of Adams St. and College Ave. will not be replaced, and this project is estimated to cost $87,000.
The third improvement project is to replace the light fixtures along the Chain of Parks on East Park Ave. between Gadsden St. and Bronough St. The lights are currently Acorn fixtures, and both the poles and the fixtures will require replacement to meet the City’s goal of moving away from the Acorn design. The project is estimated to cost $260,000.
The two potential parking enhancement projects are estimated to cost a total of $655,000. The projects are improving the Kleman Plaza parking garage and plaza and the 650 West Gaines St. parking lot. Improving Kleman Plaza and the parking garage is estimated at $185,000 and improving the Gaines St parking lot is estimated to cost $470,000.
The CRA executive director has approved $35,000 in funding to be used on four smaller infrastructure projects. The approval of these items will be reported to the CRA Board at its Jan. 28 meeting.
The first smaller infrastructure project is to add a crosswalk on Bronough St. on the north side of the intersection with Jefferson St. This is estimated to cost $10,000. The second project is to create an ADA pedestrian route map for the Downtown District, which is estimated to cost $10,000. The third project is to reset the uneven pavers at the crosswalk on the southeast corner of the intersection of Bronough St. and College Ave., and it is estimated to cost $8,000. The fourth project is to install a concrete pad with pavers on the northeast corner of Monroe St. and College Ave. This is estimated to cost $7,500.