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City Council approves Downtown streetscaping plan

Tuesday, October 29

Streetscaping plan touches all corners of Downtown


At their meeting on Monday, Spartanburg City Council gave unanimous approval to a $2.3 million streetscaping plan that includes eight projects to be completed over the next two years. Touching all corners of Downtown, the plan includes extending the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail into Downtown, a curb-protected bike lane for Converse Street, and a pedestrian-only traffic signal and crosswalk across St. John Street in front of the Chapman Cultural Center and USC-Upstate George Dean Johnson Jr. School of business. The plan also calls for the chicanes along E. Main Street downtown to be straightened, and for sidewalk and other improvements along portions of N. Church Street and Daniel Morgan Ave. No timeline has yet been set for the streetscaping projects.


Funding from the projects will come from a variety of sources, including the Broad Street tax increment funding (TIF) district, a mechanism that allows the City to capture the increase in tax value of properties in the district generated from new investment. Other funding comes from hospitality tax, stormwater fee revenue, and federal grant funding.


Also at last night's meeting, Council member Sterling Anderson announced his resignation from City Council. Anderson will be leaving Spartanburg to accept a full-time military position.


For more information on last night's Council meeting, see the video and roundup of our live tweets below.