Jul 31, 2012 11:09 PM by Maddie Garrett
Downtown Youngsville is set for a makeover soon. The city met with engineers and the public Tuesday night to discuss plans to beautify and revitalize the downtown area.
The project, set to cost around a million dollars, includes re-surfacing Highway 92, adding new curbs and a gutter system, six foot sidewalks on both sides of the street, and trees and landscaping. However, business owners expressed concern over parking, because there is already limited parking in the downtown area.
Currently the plan has 30 parking spots along 92, and the council is looking into purchasing extra property to add parking lots if needed.
"We're going to provide more parking than what exists now, a little bit more defined parking, parallel parking along the side streets," said city engineer Dax Douet.
Mayor Wilson Viator said the goal of the beautification project is to make downtown Youngsville more pedestrian friendly, as well as bring in and boost business in the area.
"This is something we always wanted, needs a lot of drainage and you know nice things and I think it's a great thing," said downtown property owner Irene Davide.
The Council is set to finalize the plans at its next meeting in August and then begin bidding out the project in September. Viator said the money for the project is already in the budget and available.