The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission has approved the investment of more than $2 million in improvements for its Madison Avenue corridor. The city says the work is part of a continued effort to revitalize downtown Greenwood.
The first phase of the project will include an enhanced, multi-use, 12-foot wide trail for pedestrians and bicyclists, two marked pedestrian crosswalks and streetscape improvements, among others. The work, which will begin in April and is expected to be complete in September, will take place on Madison Avenue between Pearl and Noble streets.
"The new Madison Avenue will provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy a more walkable downtown," said Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers. "Current businesses along Madison Ave. will benefit from the increased pedestrian traffic, and we expect the change in atmosphere will generate interest from other retail and restaurant business owners. It’s another important milestone in the resurgence of Old Town Greenwood."
The city says the Madison Avenue project will connect multiple downtown parking lots and customers will continue to have access to all businesses along the corridor during construction. Myers says downtown revitalization remains a top priority for the city.
Last month, demolition began on a vacant strip mall considered by many within the city to be an "eyesore." Redevelopment plans are still being considered for the site, which the city acquired for $1.1 million.
The Greenwood RDC also previously approved $4.5 million for other downtown projects, including an exterior renovation for Planetary Brewing and a new connector road.
You can learn more about the Madison Avenue project in the document below: