A renovation project that will add new sidewalks with brick borders, trees and streetlights to three streets is underway in downtown Fayetteville.
The work will close the southbound, outside lane of College Avenue between Meadow and Mountain streets through Aug. 31. Scheduled work hours are from 7 a.m. to about 3 p.m. each day. The lane will be open each night.
Other streets set to receive new sidewalks are Mountain Street between College and East avenues and Center Street between College Avenue and an alleyway near the square.
The project was originally expected to cost $149,000, but several business owners have asked city staff to consider building wider sidewalks on Center Street to give pedestrians more walking room and to allow restaurant owners to add outdoor seating.
According to Jeremy Pate, the city’s development services director, the added width would add as much as $44,000 to the cost of the project which is being partially funding using $60,000 provided by developers of the failed Renaissance Tower hotel and condominium project as a guarantee for required landscaping improvements on Mountain Street.
A public meeting about the Center Street plan is expected to soon be scheduled.