The Town of Fuquay-Varina is about to launch a new Streetscape project, this one aimed at making improvements at either end of the Broad Street business district, in effect expanding the work completed under the last phase of the Fuquay-Varina Streetscape Improvements Project.
Two weeks ago the town board approved a $71,350 contract with Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc., a national landscaping Company, to develop a master plan for the new project.
Earlier Streetscape phases involved removal of overhead utility wires, installation of new sidewalks, new plantings, street lights, benches and trash receptacles along the central blocks of both Main Street and Broad Street business districts. Several side streets off Main Street were included.
The new Streetscape project will likely provide similar improvements at both ends of the Varina business district, extending the existing improvements north from the Stephens building to the high school and south to the Home Depot building.
In making its bid to develop the new Streetscape Plan, Greenhorne & O’Mara has indicated the company will work with the town’s planning department and will hold meetings with stakeholders and citizens at large as the plan progresses. The work is expected to take about six months.
No funds have been identified yet to move forward on the new Streetscape work.
In other recent action the town board approved a contract with John McGahey in the amount of $24,775 for project consulting services for improvements to the Woodrow Johnson house located in the Mineral Springs Park
The town purchased the former residence and property surrounding it, including the historic spring site, to be made into a town park.
Town Manager Jon Barlow, in presenting the McGahey proposal to the town with a recommendation for approval, said the construction cost estimates total $147,000, keeping both the consulting work and construction cost within the amount $175,000) included for the project in the current 2012-2013 budget.
Barlow said the scope of the Johnson house improvements is based on the home inspection report commissioned by the Town just prior to acquiring the property. Improvements planned will make the building usable as a public facility.
Just how the building will be used has not been determined. Barlow said consideration has been given to locating some administrative offices there.