Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2007

Open house to start downtown upgrade planning

October 11, 2007

The city of De Soto's planning for downtown streetscape improvements envisioned in a year old town revitalization plan will begin with an open house next week.

City engineer Mike Brungardt said the purpose of the open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall would be to provide what details are known about the project and to answer questions from the public.

On display will be a conceptual drawing of the improvements to 83rd Street and its sidewalks in the two blocks from Peoria to Shawnee streets. The concept was provided by consultant Marty Shukert, who developed the overall downtown redevelopment plan in 2006.

At Tuesday's council meeting, City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said he and Brungardt recently learned of a federal transportation enhancement grant administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation that could provide funding for the improvements. Brungardt is now preparing the application for a grant that would provide half of the estimated $700,000 improvements, he said.

Although the scope of the project hasn't been determined, possible elements include sidewalks compliant with the American with Disabilities Act, street paving, storm drainage upgrades, new pedestrian crossing, thematic street lighting, landscaped nodes, street trees and, perhaps, a small town square.

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