MLK Boulevard on the agenda for public meetings

August 14, 2013 

Columbus residents interested in the city’s plans to spruce up Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard can learn more about the project next week.

Planning officials with the Columbus Consolidated Government will hold two meetings for public input. The first will be held Monday, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Citizen Service Center, 3111 Citizen Way. The second meeting will be held Thursday, 5:30 to 7 p.m.,at Lewis Memorial Baptist Church, 1022 Adair Avenue.

The area being considered for revitalization includes MLK Jr. Boulevard from 10th Avenue to Buena Vista Road. The meetings will focus on transportation improvements, landscaping and street resurfacing, according to a news release issued by the planning department.

City Planners began working on the project, called “Streetscapes”, after concerned citizens complained that the street was a poor tribute to its namesake. Plans call for new street trees, bus shelters, multi-use trails and linear park improvements.

The project would also include markers at certain locations to highlight individuals, places and events that played a crucial role in the city’s civil rights history. For more information call 706-653-4116.

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