Plans move forward for Mission Avenue project

March 11, 2013 by  

In spite of questions concerning funding, plans for a $3m project to spruce up Mission Avenue in downtown Oceanside are moving forward.

Proposals include turning Mission Avenue into a one-way street. It is anticipated that this change would help make the area more inviting and accessible to diners and shoppers. Sidewalks, street furniture, and landscaping are also planned for the area.

City officials anticipate that the changes made will revitalize the area, causing those on their way to and from the beach or through the downtown area to stop and visit the restaurants and shops. Revitalization of an area could also attract new businesses, which in turn could increase the need for digital business card printing, catalog printing, and other printing services provided by Oceanside print companies.

Those planning the project intend to approach the City Council this Thursday, March 14, in efforts to persuade them to accept a SANDAG grant in the amount of $1.5m. The grant must then be matched dollar for dollar by the city in order to pay for the large project.

If all goes as planned, construction could start on the Mission Avenue project as early as this fall. The first phase of the project will be to bring the roadway between Coast Highway and Horne Street down to two lanes instead of four. The street would be made one way and include reverse-angle parking that would allow people to simply back in to curbside parking spaces. Landscaping, sidewalks and other improvements would follow.