Even as the ArtWalk project in Coral Springs’ downtown area nears completion, the city has received funding for another project that is also designed to improve pedestrian activity in the area.
City officials approved the city signing a contract with a Fort Lauderdale-based company for the construction of a downtown pathway along Ben Geiger Drive (NW 29th Street) and Coral Hills Drive. The project, which costs $352,000, is funded by a Federal Transportation Enhancement grant.
The city had been approved for the grant as early as December 2011, said Vice Mayor Larry Vignola, who was the city’s representative on the Metropolitan Planning Organization. “This is something that has taken quite awhile,” he said. “Unfortunately, we had to wait for the federal budget to go though before we could receive the money.”
Roadway Construction LLC, which has been awarded the contract, was one among four bidders for the project that is designed to encourage pedestrian and bicycle use, and provide a direct access to the city’s downtown area. It is a continuation of the section of the pathway project completed in 2008 along the south side of Ben Geiger Drive.
The project will significantly improve the area, Vignola said. “With the ArtWalk and some of the things happening in the downtown area, I think it will be really good for the city. I am really excited about it.”
“Some of the emails that we got about the charter school relocation say that the beautification project is tied into that,” said Commissioner Joy Carter. “They had nothing to do with each other.”
“This came well before there was any talk about moving the charter school,” Vignola said. “[They are] completely separate items; one has nothing to do with the other.”
Meanwhile, the ArtWalk project is nearing completion. The project is expected to be completed by early fall. A few months ago, the City Commission approved an agreement between Zachary Knudson, a glass artist, and the city for a 13-foot-tall work of art that will act as an entryway sculpture for the ArtWalk.
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