Hillsboro Village is set to recieve $167,000 from a federal transportation enhancement grant, with matching Metro funds to improve sidewalks, add seven bicycle racks, repair damaged brick, and expand planting spaces between Wedgewood and Acklen avenues. Business owners are excited about this! “We want to keep Hillsboro Village inviting and visibly attractive as a destination,” said Saralee Woods, who owns Bookman/Bookwoman with her husband, Larry.
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Improved sidewalks and bicycle racks are among the streetscape improvements set to begin in Hillsboro Village this month.
The plan includes repairing the damaged brick sidewalks and expanding planting spaces between Wedgewood and Acklen avenues. Seven bike racks also will be installed that can each accommodate three bicycles.
The upgrades within the trendy commercial district are aimed at making the area more aesthetically pleasing and pedestrian-friendly, said Gwen Hopkins-Glascock, spokeswoman for Metro Public Works.
The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization completed a pedestrian count in Hillsboro Village last year and counted 798 bicyclists and pedestrians. Volunteers counted walkers and bikers from 8 to 10 a.m. and again from 4 to 6 p.m.
This project is phase one of a larger master plan, which recommends landscaping improvements within Hillsboro Village at the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and 21st Avenue South and the right-of-way in front of St. Bernard Park. Community meetings were held in July and August of 2010 to present design concepts and solicit public input.
“We’ll be meeting with merchants throughout the process to make sure they still have their access, and if there are issues, we can address them,” Hopkins-Glascock said.
“But we don’t anticipate a lot of interruption.”
Construction crews will work a block at a time, hoping to minimize the effect on the area’s businesses. Vehicle traffic won’t be affected, but some on-street parking may be closed off. Construction should wrap up by late summer.
Hillsboro Village merchants have long awaited the landscaping and sidewalk improvements.
“We want to keep Hillsboro Village inviting and visibly attractive as a destination,” said Saralee Woods, who owns Bookman/Bookwoman with her husband, Larry.
“We are excited about the opportunity to make things better.”
Woods says she’s not concerned about any disruptions in business because of the construction.
“There is a lot of free parking in the village, and I’m sure we are going to make that work,” she said. “We need some tweaks and improvements, so I think it’s going to look really good.”
The $167,000 project is being funded in part by a federal transportation enhancement grant, with matching Metro funds.