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Cary Village Board OKs engineering, design services for downtown streetscape project

CARY – An engineering and design services agreement approved Tuesday by the Cary Village Board will provide the village with the costs and strategies for installing downtown amenities as part of its downtown streetscape project.

Village Administrator Chris Clark said the project will include new lighting, landscaping and street and sidewalk changes for West Main Street and the surrounding area downtown.

Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd., the company that also is working on Huntley’s downtown, will be completing the engineering and design services for a cost not to exceed $89,250, Clark said.

The village has already seen preliminary plans for the downtown and has nearly completed plans for the $2 million upgrade to its Metra station, Clark said.

“The contract before you tonight would give us the ability to take that master plan and develop more detailed design themes and design specifications that would allow us then in a future fiscal year, as budget allows, to go out to bid for the different elements in the plan itself,” Cary Public Works Director Erik Morimoto said at the meeting.

Clark said he expects the improvements will be a “multiyear effort.” The rest of the year will be spent outlining goals and priorities to help the board make a decision on how to invest, Clark said.

“We still have a lot of work to do to make downtown the gathering place it can be,” Clark said, adding the village is excited to see the building blocks of a great downtown coming into place.

Trustee Rick Dudek said that although he fully supports the cosmetic changes to the downtown, he has a “bigger picture concern” with the central business district.

“I think we have to, as a board, whether it’s this one or the next one, have to get our arms around what our central business district solution is, because frankly I don’t think we really have one,” Dudek said.

The board unanimously approved the contract, with Trustee Jim Cosler participating through video conference.

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