During a meeting this evening, residents will be able to view and comment on three conceptual drawings for the project to revitalize Jackson Square, the city’s original town center.
The open house meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
The Community Development staff will record public comments and provide feedback to project team members Hedstrom Design LLC, Landscape Architects, and Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers Inc. The design will be finalized, and construction is anticipated to begin in January 2014.
The project is made possible through a state grant valued at roughly $800,000 that was awarded to the city last year to help revitalize Jackson Square, focusing on parking, lighting, landscaping, and benches. The Tennessee Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant is to be used for the project’s first phase, which includes renovating the Jackson Square parking lot by adding handicapped parking and access, pedestrian lighting and circulation, landscaping and event enhancements, and bicycle racks and benches.
Construction could be completed by the 2014 Lavender Festival in June. For more information, visit the city’s website.
The three options to be discussed tonight are included below. The first option, the square option, is also included in the image at the top left of this story. See a pdf file of all three options.