If you travelled through Uptown Greenwood Tuesday, you may have noticed surveyors out along Oak Avenue and Main Street. The City of Greenwood is beginning its fourth beautification project in Uptown Greenwood as part of an initiative to make the city center more attractive.
The City of Greenwood has already improved Oregon Avenue, Maxwell Avenue and W. Court Avenue. The projects are funded through Community Development Block Grants obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The grant is for $500,000. The total cost of the project is just under $800,000. The remaining money needed for the project will come from hospitality tax money.
The current project will include Oak Avenue and the section of Main Street near the Uptown fountain. The water and sewer systems underneath those roads will be upgraded and all utilities, which are currently run overhead, will be relocated underground. New sidewalks will be installed with more pedestrian-level lighting and new landscaping, with trees along the road to provide a shade canopy, will be done as well. The roads will also get fresh asphalt.
Perhaps the most notable improvement will be near the textile building. That area will be made into more of a plaza where people can come enjoy outside activities. Cobblestone pavers will be installed and three wooden swings will be placed in the area as well.
According to city manager Charlie Barrineau, the actual construction work will begin around the first of August. There will be minimal impact to traffic flow until closer to the end of the project, which should be around the beginning of November in order to avoid disrupting the holiday shopping season.
“In essence, we want to create a nicer sense of place and experience when people come to Uptown,” Barrineau said. “This project is part of achieving that goal.”