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Uptown Centerville Streetscape and Parking Improvements, Phase 1
The Uptown Action Plan focuses on enhancing the City’s historic business district, located around the intersection of Main Street and Franklin. This project addresses several themes of the plan by investing in redesigning the current parking to increase capacity and create pedestrian and vehicular connectivity. To improve traffic flow, funds would be used to create common access drives and reduce the number of individual driveways. Phase 1 also envisions opportunities for infill development.
With an eclectic mix of businesses and residential neighborhoods, Uptown Centerville consists of approximately 90 businesses ranging from boutiques and salons to restaurants and professional services, as well as hundreds of residents. Providing a strong sense of community, place, and quality of life, the City’s historic business district is a destination point which is uniquely Centerville. Undoubtedly, these characteristics are critical to business expansion, recruitment and retention.
Beginning in 2019, the Centerville undertook a visioning process with stakeholders to identify strategies to enhance the Uptown District. These strategies, which became the focus of the Uptown Action Plan, included improving walkability and reducing traffic congestion, improving parking, scheduling and organizing new events, focusing on business development, developing branding and increasing greenspace.
The Action Plan was adopted by City Council in August 2019. Following its adoption, in 2021 Centerville contracted with urban planning firm MKSK and engineers from LJB to create a master concept plan for enhancements around the Main and Franklin intersection. Phase 1 focuses on the northeast quadrant and addresses several themes of the action plan by investing in redesigning the current parking layout to increase capacity and create pedestrian and vehicular connectivity. To improve traffic flow, funds would be used to create common access drives and reduce the number of individual driveways. Phase 1 also envisions opportunities for infill development.
We anticipate these improvements will create additional parking capacity and reduce traffic congestion at Main and Franklin Streets. We also expect these enhancements will result in more customer traffic, stabilizing our current businesses and incentivizing new business investment in our community.
The estimated number of direct new jobs and existing retained jobs is based upon a calculation of the current commercial area available in the district and the proposed infill space included in the concept plan. This analysis is broken down by the type of commercial space (i.e. restaurant, retail, office, medical, etc.) and multiplied by average job concentration per/square foot.