Address changes coming to South Hill Avenue, public meeting scheduled

A sign stands near the corner of South Hill Avenue and Stone Street notifying residents of a March 26 public meeting to discuss upcoming address changes.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

City officials will soon make changes to addresses on South Hill Avenue as part of a plan to increase safety in the area.

Address numbers on South Hill Avenue do not run in numerical order. While it’s mostly just an inconvenience for visitors and delivery services, officials said the inconsistencies could be life-threatening if emergency responders can’t quickly find the home they’re looking for.

The numbers ran in numerical order many years ago, but the original numbering scheme was not consistent with numbers on adjacent streets or the overall city address grid. As the area around Hill Avenue has developed, addresses were assigned to new construction that were consistent with the city’s grid, but it resulted in a confusing string of numbers.

For example, drivers headed south from Stone Street will see addresses in the following order along the left side of the road: 300, 302, 160, 162, 166, 406, 410, and 518.

The city will host a public meeting to discuss the changes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in room 326 of City Hall, 113 W. Mountain Street. City staff will present maps of the area along with the proposed new addresses for each residence. Representatives from the city’s GIS Division and the Police Department will be available to answer questions.

Officials said the plan is to change every some addresses between Center Street and the railroad crossing near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The idea is to work closely with the post office, utility companies, county officials, and the police and fire departments to try and make the transition as smooth as possible.

Addresses to be changed

99 S. Hill Ave.
108 S. Hill Ave.
112 S. Hill Ave.
124 S. Hill Ave.
126 S. Hill Ave.
128 S. Hill Ave.
131 S. Hill Ave.
137 S. Hill Ave.
143 S. Hill Ave.
157 S. Hill Ave.
159 S. Hill Ave.
160 S. Hill Ave.
161 S. Hill Ave.
162 S. Hill Ave.
166 S. Hill Ave.
173 S. Hill Ave.
175 S. Hill Ave.
177 S. Hill Ave.