Streetscape projects set for downtown area

Published 3:04 pm Thursday, September 14, 2017

Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, adopted a resolution supporting the master streetscape plan for downtown.

On May 11, 2015, the council approved spending up to $29,600 for the plan. Prior to approving the money, the city had asked Land Design to submit a proposal to provide a master plan that would renew streetscape components in the downtown area associated with the possible upgrade of utilities in that area.

Land Design developed the plan. The city provided$25,000 for the plan, with the Washington Harbor District Alliance providing $4,600 for it.

“It’s in its final draft and has been approved by the streetscape team,” Chris Furlough, Washington Harbor District Alliance president, told the council during its meeting Monday.

Councilman William Pitt asked Furlough if the plan is a “work in progress.” Furlough said, “This is actually a final draft. It went through several processes. It went through a draft, and then it had a public hearing, public meetings. Over time, it was adjusted according to the public meetings. … However, any document like this has flexibility as you move forward.”

Furlough stressed one thing about the plan. “It does not commit the city to any funding at all.” If the city finds and allocates funding to implement the plan, components of the plan likely would be done in phases, he said.

“So, this document is a fluid document which is also subject to change if necessary, is that correct?” Pitt replied.

“Councilman Pitt, I think what Mr. Furlough is saying is this document is very similar to the downtown revitalization plan. It was a concept. We adopted the concept, and then as monies became available, we did this little piece or that little piece. Sometimes we decided this little piece didn’t really need to be done or we added a little piece,” Councilman Doug Mercer said. “It’s really a conceptual plan that says here’s where we’d like to be in five years or 10 years down the road.”

The plan, under the scope of services agreement between the city and Land Design, would cover the area along Main Street between north-south Bridge Street and north-south Bonner Street and from north-south Market Street between N.C. Highway 32 (Third Street) and the waterfront.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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