More progress to report! On Aug. 3, the Board of Aldermen put the necessary approvals in place to move the downtown redevelopment project forward. This vision has been in the works for the past 10 years. The board and city staff spent the past year developing the master plan and construction documents for this project. Working with our strategic partner, the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, the project is becoming a reality!
Features of the project include a pedestrian railroad overpass, the development of a left-hand southbound turning lane at the intersection of Main and Lemon streets, the creation of a two-way boulevard that connects Lemon Street at the railroad tracks to the new Logan Farm Park expansion, a roundabout at the intersection of Lemon, School and Cherokee streets, a pedestrian plaza where Cherokee Street connects with Northside Drive, the development of additional parking downtown on the north side of the train tracks, and way-finding signage. Construction on this phase will begin shortly after Labor Day.
As the project progresses, the Depot Park will begin construction in the late summer or early fall of 2018. The replica train depot will be located next to the caboose at the intersection of Lemon and Main streets. One side of the facility will feature an interactive electronic history display and static displays. The other side will include public restrooms to serve the downtown area.
We have seen a tremendous resurgence of our downtown in the past 15 years and this project will insure the opportunity for continued growth and prosperity for our community and businesses.
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