College Avenue, in Blacksburg, is getting a facelift. A much-needed facelift.
The College Avenue Promenade project is beginning this month, so prepare for lots of construction fun. For updates and such on service disruptions and construction progress, you can follow along on the website Blacksburg.Gov has set up here …
From Blacksburg.gov (bolding mine):
The concept for the College Avenue Promenade is to create a safe and pleasant pedestrian experience that fosters a sense of community, accommodates a diverse range of people and activities, and simultaneously upholds the community’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
I like that last part. Rather than talk about being environmentally responsible, we’re actually putting the effort into doing it, with things like stormwater planters to help manage street water runoff, and reclamation of materials. I hope that w’ell do more than just “consider” using permeable paving, but actually do it. You can read more about the design of the project here.
With Theatre 101, the Center for the Arts, and The Lyric, all within a block of here, this is just another step towards making downtown Blacksburg a place to for things OTHER than bars. Will our residents support it?
Lots of loud voices complaining about parking in downtown Blacksburg, and this project will take away more parking. Sure, there’s a parking garage three blocks over, and one slated for construction right at the end of College Avenue, but when people talk about parking in downtown, they seem to mention it needs to be uber-convenient NOW. Will people come downtown for this?
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