Old Town Burleson is one of the city’s greatest assets, Economic Development Manager Justin Bond told Burleson City Council members during their Feb. 17 workshop session, adding that city staff has developed “an exciting plan” and created a prioritized list of projects they hope to see completed this year.
The possibilities for improvements in the Old Town district are a blessing and a curse for the city, Bond said.
“There are so many things you could do in Old Town to work towards even the plans we have. But at the same time, you have to end up focusing in on what do you do first.”
The project list, with a price tag of about $415,000, targets the part of Old Town bounded by Renfro, Main, Eldred and Warren streets. Bond said that in prioritizing, staffers focused on ways to meet the challenges of upkeep and maintenance in the district’s common areas, more effectively promoting events in the area and improving the flow of traffic and parking availability. It’s about ease of access and identifying the district, he said.
First on Bond’s list were Main Street mobility improvements that included widening sidewalks there by about seven feet, restriping the parking areas, a two-inch asphalt overlay and redirecting traffic to make Main Street one way from Renfro Street to Eldred, then circling back with an egress onto Renfro.
Cost for those projects, Bond said, would be about $125,000.
Also a priority, Bond said, is making improvements to alley ways in Old Town to help improve the flow of pedestrian traffic and encourage visitors to park in other, nearby parking lots rather than trying to crowd into the limited parking on Main Street.
This project includes improving sidewalks and curb ramps from Burleson City Hall to Ellison Street, paving, adding mid-block crossings, lighting and street furniture, along with improved landscaping and alley gateway features. Price tag for these changes, Bond said, would be about $150,000.