The updated plans for the streetscape of Davie Street from McGee Street to Friendly Avenue and a portion of February 1 Place are available for the public to review and comment.
The Greensboro Department of Transportation (GDOT) has scheduled an opportunity for people to view the plans and talk to city staff on Tuesday, April 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot on the southeast corner of East Market and Davie Streets. It’s the only corner with a parking lot, so you can’t miss it.
Appointments may be made here: RSVP for a spot between 3-6 pm.
Between Market Street and Washington Street, the right-of-way for Davie Street is 96 feet wide, which will allow 17-foot sidewalks on one side, angled parking, street trees and buffered bike lanes on both sides of the street. A buffered bike lane means that there is a barrier between the bike lane and the vehicle travel lanes. This area will also have benches and dining areas.
February 1 Place will be updated with decorative granite pavers featuring quotes from the Greensboro Four who started the sit-in movement a block away at the Woolworth’s lunch counter on Feb. 1, 1960.
From Washington Street to McGhee Street, the right-of-way narrows and won’t have separate bike lanes, but shared lanes for bikes and vehicles. The sidewalks will be 12 feet wide with a number of street trees.
The downtown streetscape projects are being paid for with $25 million in Community and Economic Development bonds that were passed by the voters in 2016. About $21 million of that money remains for the construction projects.
The GDOT web page states that construction is expected to start in the fall. From Market Street across February 1 is currently a construction site with a city parking deck being built that will go over February 1 Place. That construction just recently got underway again after a long break and the west side of Davie Street as well as February 1 Place is inside the construction fence.