The City parkway around this area will remain in place as will the existing trails/sidewalks. There will be a couple of new driveways through the parkways to access the new development. The only parkway which may be more heavily affected by the development is along Circle Way. There are plans to use this area as stormwater detention. We will be working with the developer to try and minimize the impact on this portion of the parkway, especially since a number of our youth sports teams use these practice fields.
And yes, the trees in our parkway will remain. Again, the only exception along Oak and Oyster Creek will be for these new driveways and we will work with the developers to minimize any tree removal for these driveways/streets. Along Circle Way we will be working to accommodate the stormwater detention in a way that affects the least amount of area as possible and still provide for adequate drainage.
The site plan process for the HEB will come before the Planning Commission sometime early this year and at those meetings we will work out all the details of the HEB project.
The redevelopment of this area and the expansion of our downtown area will bring new opportunities for our citizens and businesses.
This is just one of a number of developments and new and expanded businesses coming to our city. The next five to ten years will see considerable growth for our city. We will bring in this growth following our master plan and adhering to our long term goal of maintaining and improving the unique character and beauty of our city.