The city is working on delivering on one of Mayor Gere’s early campaign promises: sprucing up of what’s called South Commercial Ave., the area between 12th and 34th streets in order to provide a better visual experience.
According to the city’s Planning Director, Don Measamer, the city would like all of Commercial Ae. to have the same welcoming look that the city has achieved in the downtown section of Commercial. He said plans are in the very early stages, but include the the possibility of adding as many as six trees to nearly every block of the street that is the main entrance to the city.
In addition to trees, the proposals include the possibility of marked bicycle lanes, bulb-outs at major intersections, planters between parking places along the sides of the street. Intersection bulbous would make crossing Commercial, which has lots of traffic, easier on pedestrians.
Measamer said the proposed changes would also slow traffic down a bit, something the city achieved along Q Ave. with the addition of center planters, a center turn lane and trees lining both sides of the Q between the 22nd St. roundabout and 4th St.
Measamer stressed that the plan is in a very early stage, but that he hopes to have a pilot project on one block sometime later this year. He said because the proposal is in such a preliminary state, he had no idea as to eventual cost.
The proposal, Measamer said, has gone through the city’s Community Advisory Committee, which is working on the 2016 update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan.