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City starts public input survey for Grant Avenue Parkway

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The city of Springfield formally began collecting resident feedback on the planned multimilllion-dollar Grant Avenue Parkway project.

A citywide public input survey launched today, and a series of feedback workshops are planned throughout September, according to a news release. Consulting engineers Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc. and CJW Transportation Consultants LLC last month began survey work on the project, which calls for a greenway trail system and transportation improvements along a 3.3-mile stretch of Grant Avenue from Sunshine Street to Walnut Street – connecting downtown with Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.

“Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we are ready to bring the community together in this effort,” said Cora Scott, the city's director of public information and civic engagement, in the release. “Maybe not physically, but we’ve assembled a variety of virtual, interactive tools that we’ll use to engage the diverse body of stakeholders along the route.”

The survey asks residents how they currently use the Grant Avenue corridor between downtown and Sunshine Street and how it can be improved via the parkway project. Among the questions, survey respondents are asked to rank by importance the project's four major improvement goals:
• economic development, including new investment, business and job growth, and tourism;
• community revitalization, including diversity, culture and access to services;
• transportation, including transit and safety; and
• quality of life, including education and recreation.

The city has scheduled a Sept. 3 virtual project kickoff and visioning workshop; Sept. 9 workshop for the West Central neighborhood; Sept. 17 workshop for downtown; and Sept. 23 workshop for the Fassnight neighborhood. The workshops will be streamed, and residents will be invited to participate via live polling.

The Grant Avenue Parkway project is funded by a $21 million federal grant announced last year, as well around $5.2 million in city matching funds.


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