Community Meeting to Discuss Final Design and Next Steps for this Targeted Neighborhood Commercial Area Streetscape Project
DURHAM, N.C. – Durham residents interested in reviewing the final streetscape design for the Angier-Driver commercial area should mark their calendars now to provide input directly to City of Durham staff.
On Monday, September 10, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Angier Avenue Baptist Church, 2101 Angier Ave., the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Public Works Department are hosting a neighborhood meeting to showcase the final design for the Angier-Driver Neighborhood Commercial Area Streetscape Project.
Chris Dickey, senior administration manager with the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, said the City wants to show the community the final design and discuss next steps for the project. “Since our first meeting back in September 2010, our goal has been to create an aesthetically pleasing, safe, and functional streetscape design for this key commercial district," he said. "A major component of this process has been the continued input of local residents, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders. Through these community meetings, we now have a final design to showcase what we feel will meet all of these objectives, and ultimately improve this corridor for the businesses and residents on it.”
The project, funded by 2005 bond funds, neighborhood revitalization funds, and capital improvement project funds provides for new pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalks, landscaping, underground and overhead utilities and street lights in a streetscape design similar to downtown Durham. The project limits extend from the intersection of Angier Avenue and Driver Street east along Angier to Briggs Avenue, and include Driver Street north to Ashe Street. The E.G. & G. Group, Inc. are the consultants charged with leading the project design and engineering processes. According to Dickey, E.G. & G. Group, Inc. has an extensive track record of designing and implementing award-winning streetscape projects and has already prepared conceptual plans for several other neighborhood commercial areas streetscape projects in Durham.
The final design concept can also be viewed on the City’s website at http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cb/oewd/Documents/Angier%20Driver%20Color%20Renderings%20092012.pdf.
For information on this upcoming community meeting or this project, contact Dickey at (919) 560-4965, ext. 15204 or by email at Chris.Dickey@DurhamNC.gov. Residents may also contact Civil Engineer III Michael M. Hughes, PE with the City’s Public Works Department at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30266 or by email at Michael.Hughes@DurhamNC.gov.
About the Office of Economic and Workforce Development
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development seeks to increase the city’s tax base through several revitalization initiatives, including new development efforts in the central city area. The department also plans and promotes cultural awareness and events, identifies and recruits target industries as well as assesses and trains Durham residents to fill new jobs. For more information, visit www.DurhamEconomicDevelopment.org.
About the Public Works Department
The Public Works Department provides a wide range of services, including street maintenance, engineering design, development review, and stormwater quality and infrastructure maintenance. The department also plans and executes the City’s winter weather and natural disaster plans. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, Public Works serves as a steward of the City’s physical assets and ensures that residents live in a safe, secure, and thriving community. For more information, visit http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/pwd/Pages/Home.aspx.