Local Government

Cary officials begin considering downtown street, sidewalk, lighting improvements

CARY – Officials are in the early stages of considering upgrades to the village’s downtown streetscape, which could improve street and sidewalk improvements and add new lighting, landscaping and signs.

Tim King of Hitchcock Design Group presented some concepts for changes to the Committee of the Whole last week, which likely will be considered as the village enters its yearly budgeting process.

The consulting group’s recommendations included making changes to the sidewalks to increase the amount of area pedestrians could use, adding new signs and increasing the amount of green space, trees and plantings.

The study covered Main, Jandus, High, Spring and Cary streets, as well as the existing Metra station. Trustee Rick Dudek said he might like to adjust the area of focus when considering future growth.

“I like those entryway signs, but I think we’re being a potentially a little short-sighted as to where we delineate downtown,” Trustee Rick Dudek said. “I could see the core business district moving further west.”

Trustee Jim Cosler agreed about the expanded focus and said he wanted to make sure the board did not pour too much money into the area.

“We have to be careful focusing too much money on the downtown area,” Cosler said. “I have concerns about putting too much funding into this without improving other parts of Cary.”

The trustees were asked to rank the various aspects of the potential changes and indicate what their priorities were. The village likely will spread out any potential improvements over several years.

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