Main Street Construction Planned for Year's End
(posted Mar 21)
The Main Streetscape Committee began its preliminary selection of likes
and dislikes concerning the amenities that will change the face of Main
Street for years to come.
If things fall into place, the Main Streetscape project could start by
the fourth quarter of 2009. The Speedway Redevelopment Commission hopes
to be able to obtain bids by September or October.
Committee members examined pictures of planters, street lights, tree grates,
clocks, and benches at the March 17 meeting. Don Katterhenry pushed for
the Acorn light fixture since it was a symbolic fixture that illuminated
13th, 14th and 15th Streets. He realized the Acorn light was not part of
Main Street's history, but still thought the style should be on Main Street.
Amy Carroll wanted to retain Main Street's Art Deco era because of its
uniqueness. She said most Main Streets in America have a Victorian style,
not Art Deco.
Four staff members from American Structurepoint attended the meeting to
guide the committee members as well as answer questions about architecture
style and preliminary plans. One schematic shows three phases of Main Street
that include parallel parking, angle parking and outdoor dining; plus allowing
for a shared path and pedestrian walk.
SRC Executive Director Scott Harris said the area is critical due to the
need to install new subsurface utilities that include storm and sewer separation.
Preliminary plans illustrated that sidewalks on the east side will move farther to the east
to provide a shared path, Wall of Fame, and sidewalk. The west side changes
allow for outdoor dining as well as a pedestrian walk that will be ADA
The proposed plan reduction in parking raised a concern with Chris Hill,
owner of Dawson's On Main. He doubted if customers are willing to walk
three blocks to go eat.
Harris said arrangements are being made with Praxair Surface Technologies
to buy its current parking lot at 13th Street and the green space by 16th
Street. Praxair would have space available to expand a building into the
grassy area. He said security issues are being addressed in the arrangements.
Harris' comments did not totally allay Hill's concerns. Hill was concerned
about the interim parking situation until arrangements are finalized with
The SRC has been trying to acquire the green space at 16th and Main from
Praxair since 2006.
Main Street's sidewalk amenities will wrap around into the side streets
to give a uniform appearance. Bollards will be posted to protect pedestrians
from cars. The preliminary plans call for a six inch rise in the street
to slow traffic down to 20 mph to protect pedestrians.