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Old 08-22-2015, 06:39 AM
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Nice to see the city doing more to honor its most famous son....
While details are far from finalized, the upgrades are included in the city’s plans to spend some $83.6 million in one-percent sales taxes collected through 2023 under the Transportation Investment Act on a massive overhaul of six downtown streets and streetscapes, starting with a $1.5 million downtown concept study.
Gary Warner, director of planning and landscape architecture for Cooper Carry, the firm conducting the study, presented sketches of proposed upgrades around the existing James Brown statue to members of the city’s economic development subcommittee Friday.
“I think people are going to be excited about what’s about to happen around the James Brown statue,” said Commissioner Marion Williams, chairman of the subcommittee. “We’re going to be better off from it.”
The drawings showed a variety of options for short-term enhancements, including informational plaques surrounding the statue, a small stage and interactive components allowing tourists to play along with and learn to dance to Brown’s music, along with improving landscaping and adding irrigation and possibly new bench seating.
Warner said he’d observed a man sit for hours at the statue, while benches with no backs or lacking shade tend to keep visitors from staying long-term.
Proposed longer-term changes Warner mentioned were changing paving in the 800 block to slow traffic around James Brown Plaza, which would span the entire block with existing parking wells removed, and installing a proper crosswalk to Augusta Common, which Warner said should be expanded.
Plans move forward to upgrade area around James Brown statue | The Augusta Chronicle
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