GALVESTON — A proposal to redesign a major city corridor will be before the city’s Industrial Development Corp. this morning.
The corporation, which controls spending of the city’s 4B sales tax funds, will consider awarding $275,000 to a project that would design a “walkable streetscape” on 27th Street between Broadway and Seawall Boulevard.
“In discussions with the city of Galveston, it is our understanding that 27th Street needs to be designed to allow for a walkable streetscape,” wrote Sean Rooney, director of the civil division of PBK, the engineering firm bidding to design the project, in a letter outlining the proposal.
“In addition to re-striping the street to allow for on-street parking, bicycles and two lanes to traffic, the streetscape should have an aesthetic and functional design that is focused on accommodating pedestrians.”
Rooney wrote that the city intends to spend up to $1 million on street improvements for the project.
The money asked for in today’s proposal would go toward developing a master plan for the area, as well as some immediate sidewalk construction work near Kermit Courville Stadium.
It is unclear which of the corporation’s four dedicated silos — individual pots of money set aside for parks, beaches, infrastructure and economic development — the $275,000 would come out of.
The corridor projects have been pushed by interim City Manager Brian Maxwell since the beginning of his tenure as a way to bring needed rehabilitation to parts of the city. Maxwell has indicated that if the 27th Street project is successful that other neglected corridors, such as 45th Street, could receive similar improvements.
If approved by the Industrial Development Corp., the project will be sent to the City Council for final approval.
At a glance
WHAT: Galveston Industrial Development Corp. meeting
WHEN: 9 a.m. today
WHERE: City Hall, 823 Rosenberg Ave., in Galveston