City Council to hold public hearing on 'streetscape' plan

Sunday, March 6, 2011 | 5:13 p.m. CST; updated 7:47 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 6, 2011
Completion of upgrades in the area of Broadway and Eighth will include new lighting, sidewalk pavers, planting beds, corner bump-outs and shade trees.

COLUMBIA ­— A "streetscape" project along the Avenue of the Columns will be the subject of a public hearing when the Columbia City Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall.

The project will include new trees, landscaping, sidewalks and lighting centered on the intersection of Eighth Street and Broadway.

A memo from City Manager Bill Watkins described the plan as having “the goal of creating a beautiful, historic walkway from columns to columns.” Eighth Street is also known as Avenue of the Columns for the columns of the old county courthouse at the north end and the columns of Francis Quadrangle to the south.

The price of the project is estimated at $625,400, according to the memo.

Planning began in 2003, and the project was initially going to be completed along with the new City Hall. The original schedule was put on hold when the initial bids came in over budget.

The design will be similar to the new sidewalks and landscaping around City Hall. The exact details of the plan, including how far south on Eighth Street renovations will extend, depend on the bid prices and the participation of property owners, according to the memo.

The work will be paid for with a combination of city funding, contributions from adjacent property owners Boone County National Bank and Landmark Bank, and funds transferred from other downtown projects, the memo said.

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