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Downtown enhancement planned

MONMOUTH -- The entryway to Monmouth's historic downtown will get a facelift next summer.



MONMOUTH -- The entryway to Monmouth's historic downtown will get a facelift next summer.

City Council voted last week to move forward on a streetscape enhancement that will include new benches, street tree plantings, drainage, lighting, bulb-outs and sidewalk repairs.

The project will entail a stretch of Main Street between Highway 99W and Knox Street.

"It's a livability issue," said City Manager Scott McClure. "A more attractive downtown supports businesses that are already there and makes it more inviting."

Cost for the project is estimated at $500,000. A combination of dollars from the urban renewal district and state-shared revenue from a surface transportation fund will pay for the project, McClure said.

The project will, more or less, give the entire length of Main Street a uniform appearance. The council voted to scrap plans for stormwater planters because of maintenance costs.

"In our case, we probably would have lost parking spaces because of it," McClure said.

Redesigning Main Street has been a city goal since the late 1990s, with work happening in phases as funds were available.

The city had actually improved a section of Main Street between Monmouth Avenue and Knox Street in 2002. A plan to move that enhancement to the east was delayed after the city discovered a storm and sewer water failure during the project.

"Money for the streetscape had to be reallocated to that," McClure said.



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