Enderby considers new look for main street

City council received several design options for Cliff Avenue Monday

Enderby’s main street could undergo a major transformation.

City council received several design options for Cliff Avenue Monday, and the one that will be investigated is maintaining two-way traffic but with sidewalk bulbs.

“There would be strategic areas where there are pullouts and more seating,” said Mayor Greg McCune, adding that the goal is to create a pedestrian-friendly environment.

“Our downtown is our retail core. We need to get focused there. There are a couple of vacant buildings and we hope to spur something on.”

The possible price tag for the work is $1.2 to $1.5 million but no decisions on proceeding with the project have been made.

The next step is for staff to work with the engineering/architectural team on a concept design. This process will include infrastructure requirements, esthetic enhancements and economic opportunities.

“We are trying to get all of the information we can,” said McCune.

“We need to go to the businesses and say this is what we are thinking about. We want to provide them with a good visual.”

Among the other options put before council were an eastbound one-way with angle parking on one side, a westbound one-way with angle parking on one side, a pedestrian only street, a two-way street with parallel parking and a two-way street with angle parking.

“As any changes in flow may have a significant impact upon adjacent areas and functional/esthetic design considerations, prior to commencing work on the conceptual design, staff worked with the engineering/architectural team on a variety of preliminary design options,” said Tate Bengtson, chief administrative officer, in a report.

“The intent was to evaluate options in terms of overall traffic and pedestrian movement downtown, as well as the esthetic and functional opportunities offered by each option.”

 

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