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Senoia to get downtown pedestrian upgrades


  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • May. 14, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Senoia to get downtown pedestrian upgrades

Sarah Fay Campbell / The Newnan Times-Herald

Senoia's sidewalks currently end abruptly at the bottom of Main Street.

Senoia’s downtown will be getting pedestrian upgrades, including a connection between downtown and Hwy. 16, along Broad Street.

This week, the Senoia City Council voted to accept money from the Atlanta Regional Commission for a feasibility study and concept plan for improvements for Seavy, Main and Broad streets.

The study will look at pedestrian upgrades, improvement of a “dog leg” intersection and connection to the Ivy Ridge Trail. It will include completion of sidewalks at the bottom of Main Street, and the continuation of sidewalks all the way to Hwy. 16. The existing sidewalks from Morgan Street to Hwy. 16 will be replaced with sidewalks similar to those along Main Street.

“They are wanting to give us $80,000,” City Manager Harold Simmons told the council. The grant, which is federal money administered through the ARC, requires a $20,000 match from the city.

The study process will include at least two public involvement meetings and requires a “project advisory group” including major stakeholders.

In other meeting business:

• The city approved moving forward with a study to extend streetscapes upgrades along Main, Barnes and Broad streets.

The project would include a feasibility study and concept plan for pedestrian safety along Seavy, Main and Broad, all the way to Hwy. 16, including reconfiguration of a “dog leg” intersection and a connection to the Ivy Ridge Trail.

• The council approved a request from the Senoia Housing Authority to waive property taxes on housing authority property.

Melinda Garver of the housing authority said that, historically, property taxes weren’t charged, but they were reinstated a few years ago. “We’re not sure why they were reinstated,” she said.

The authority is working to renovate some of the buildings and build a new playground, as well as a community garden that anyone in the community can use, she said.

“I believe this organization can serve the public better with this money in their hands,” said Mayor Jeff Fisher.

• The council voted to appoint Linda Penot to the Historic Preservation Commission.

• Following an extensive discussion, the council voted to grant a permit with street closures for the “Survive Senoia” scavenger hunt on May 24.