LOGAN – Construction on the Center Street redevelopment project is set to get underway Monday, August 5 in Logan.
“It’s quite an extensive project,” according to Assistant City Engineer Tom Dickinson.
Plans for Center Street include widening sidewalks, adding a pedestrian crossing, updating the infrastructure, constructing raised planters and an arch. There will also be a mini plaza area for socializing and dining.
“The intent here is to enhance the social, economic and culture of the downtown area of Logan,” explained Dickinson. “I think this is huge. Not just to this isolated area of Center Street, but it’s going to be a huge benefit to the city as a whole.”
Beginning Monday morning, crews will close off the street between Main and 100 West, erect a barrier fence and begin removing the sidewalks.
Dickinson is reminding everyone that business in the affected area will remain open during construction. The street will be closed to vehicular traffic, but there will still be pedestrian access to your favorite shops.
“We are not going to interrupt their business,” said Dickinson. “Don’t stay away from the area just because there’s ugly fences and construction activity. We really want people to come down and visit.”
The 10 week, $1.9 million project is moving forward thanks to a partnership between the city and business owners that front Center Street. Logan Downtown Alliance Director Gary Saxton said this is one of the biggest things to happen in downtown over the last 100 years.
“This is the first step of the Center block redevelopment,” said Dickinson. “This is the cultural and historic heart of the city.”
During the renovation process, the city is inviting everyone to attach artwork to the safety barrier in an effort to spruce up the area and encourage residents to visit.
Information about submitting artwork can be found at logandowntown.org. Weekly prizes of $50 will be given to participants.