Portion of Coleman Blvd. project gains approval

February 12, 2013 by  

A portion of the revitalization project for Coleman Blvd that will extend to Fairmont Avenue was approved by the town council of Mt. Pleasant last week. Flyer printing and poster printing will most likely be used to make those in the town aware of the improvements to the street and what it can do for the town and its businesses with a more pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

A median, a bike path, parking on the street, an overhaul of the overhead power lines, and more decorative lighting are some of the elements of the project, which is planned to continue the entire length of the Boulevard to Chuck Dawley. The cost of the current project is estimated to be $250,000, with work to start immediately and completed by the end of April.

According to Eric DeMoura, Town Administrator, although there have been some mixed reviews from business owners and reluctance on their part, he feels that once people see how it looks and the enhancements it will making, people will be more inclined to accept the project. Once finished, it is hoped that Coleman Boulevard will help to make the town look like it has a central business district. There will also be furniture on the street, decorative mast arms, and signage.

The concept for the project began in 2006 but the economic downturn slowed down the private investment needed for the project. The start of construction of The Boulevard in 2012, an apartment complex with retail space on the bottom floor, prompted the town to undertake a portion of the project.