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City holds corridor public meeting

Posted: December 13, 2012 5:08 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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A map provided by the city of Camden marking the corridors and gateways discussed at a recent drop-in public meeting.

The city of Camden held a public drop-in meeting for citizens input on proposed enhancements for key entryways. Areas that are being considered for improvements include entrances located on West DeKalb Street (U.S. 1) and the north and south ends of Broad Street U.S. 521. There are also plans to further develop the South Rutledge Street parking lot (behind Broad Street, south of Rutledge Street) and the Commerce Alley parking lot (west of Broad Street, north of Rutledge Street).

According to Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther, the total budget for improvements is $150,000 for design. The cost of implementation is to be determined.

“Funding for design originated with the hospitality tax,” Luther said when asked from where money to fund the improvements would come. “The project is a means of improving the attractiveness of the corridors to visitors traveling to Camden and to increase the marketability of the city’s core values, such as the equine industry, historic past, and artistic culture through elements such as landscaping, signage, monumentation and streetscape.”

Luther also said that project design fees are not broken down by corridor and instead reflect the overall program cost. The cost of implementation will be given on a per corridor basis, depending on the outcome and level of design.

The drop-in event consisted of an informational video and images of current corridors. Public comment forms were also available for attendees to complete. Next steps will include meetings with stakeholders, scheduled to being in January. Conceptual plans are to be completed in March with final designs expected in June.

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