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Town OKs Portion of Coleman Blvd.

Work could be complete by spring.

A town council committee today approved work on a portion of the Coleman Blvd. revitalization project.

The portion, from Fairmont Avenue to Pherigo Street, will cost a little more than $520,000 and will start immediately. The work could be complete by the end of April.

The project includes a planted median, on-street parking, a bike path, as well as more decorative lighting and the planting of overhead power lines. Eventually, the town plans a similar overhaul of the entire boulevard from Shem Creek to Chuck Dawley.

The project has received mixed reviews, mostly from business owners who are concerned that the addition of the median and the elimination of a center turn lane will impact business.

"We think this could help with some of the reluctance," said Town Administrator Eric DeMoura. "Once people see how it looks, see how it feels, we think it will fuel the private investment this project needs."

Town leaders envision Coleman Boulevard, once the overhaul is complete, as being more of a main street in a town that grew up without a central business district.

"These funds also include street furniture, the decorative mast arms and signage," DeMoura said.

The project has been approved in concept since 2006, but the nationwide economic meltdown slowed private investment in the types of projects town leaders believe will create the pedestrian-friendly atmosphere they are seeking.

The Boulevard, an apartment complex with retail development on the bottom levels, broke ground in 2012. That project prompted the town to complete at least a portion of Coleman Boulevard, DeMoura said.

"When The Boulevard came along, we decided that we could pull out a portion of the project and get it started right away," DeMoura said.

The roadway enhancements include roughly a half mile of Coleman Blvd. but stops short of the Chuck Dawley roundabout, which is a separate project the town is planning as part of the Coleman overhaul.

JoSCh February 06, 2013 at 09:07 PM
I typed four different cynical replies to this, but that won't get an answer to my real question: Why do you support this Coleman plan? Or were you just agreeing with me berating van. :)
Ambassador February 06, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Per your reply, I am always involved in Mt. Pleasant activities. I am on one of the Boards in the town, know all the town officers and many of the employees, who I believe are caring and upstanding individuals and a credit to the town, and am familiar with the Committee and the hard work they did to come up with the Coleman Redevelopment Plan. Many hours were spent by the committee and the town officials and employees and many meetings were held that were available to citizens to voice their concerns, suggestions, and approvals. Now, at the last hour, there is this outpouring of concern. If people are not part of the process and are not interested in being involved from the beginning they have a hell of a nerve to eleventh-hour these development decisions as monday morning quarterbacks. As far as I am concerned, this committee and this town gave everyone their chance for feedback and they have come up with their decisions that I will back. I do not commute on Coleman and do not live right by Coleman so my comments during the whole process were not very specific or noteworthy, but at least I was there during the process and know the amount of effort that went into where the town is right now on this development plan and I resent those who were not there and now feel they have something negative to say. You don't walk the walk, you have a hell of a nerve now talking the talk.
JoSCh February 07, 2013 at 03:40 AM
That such a prejudiced and libelous xenophobe is in any way officially involved with local government is more than a little disconcerting, and to be honest a little surprising. I guess we're not friends anymore? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fnwvZcb9EEM#t=91s
Ambassador February 07, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I have one last thing to say to you JO in case you missed it last time. May your mother come out from under the porch and bite you on the leg. I have better things to do than sit on my yada yada all day arguing with someone like you. I surely pity the people that have to put up with you. Don't bother with a reply, I have said my piece on this project. Go pound salt.
JoSCh February 07, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Yes, I can imagine how rough it must be for the people who have to deal with me and all my facts and compassion, acceptance and wit. I'm sure they'd much rather be around a bitter lying bigoted xenophobe like yourself. One thing I do wish is that as a self proclaimed public servant you had the courage to expose your identity so people would know the biased monster that is serving on one of the town boards.

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