Wednesday, December 14, 2011

City of Beaufort receives $12.6 million federal grant for Boundary Street Redevelopment

A newly-announced $12.6 million federal grant will jumpstart implementation of Beaufort’s Boundary Street Master Plan with major roadway improvements at the intersection of highways SC 170 and US 21, and kick-off long awaited changes to one of the area’s primary retail centers. About $13.7 million in local money from the voter-approved penny sales tax originally designated for Beaufort road projects will serve as matching funds for the federal grant.

Boundary Street serves as the entrance to the city of Beaufort. As a typical commercial strip corridor, it does not enhance Beaufort's overall character and charm, and functions as a poor gateway to the historic city. The Boundary Street Master Plan, adopted by Beaufort City Council in 2006, provides a comprehensive retrofit strategy for growth and redevelopment of the corridor. The Plan seeks to improve the safety and operational efficiency for all modes of travel while creating more economically productive addresses. Dover, Kohl & Partners led a consulting team that worked with the City and community to create the Plan. Assisting with this effort was Christian Sottile, Hall Planning & Engineering, Seamon, Whiteside & Associates, MACTEC, and UrbanAdvantage.

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