HPC calls for special meeting to reconsider downtown sidewalks

Update — The Historic Preservation Commission voted not to approve the sidewalk project throughout the downtown area.

Lynn Biladeau and Joe Chappell supported the project, while Erin Brown, Darryl Covington, Valerie Duncan and Patrick Kerr voted against the item. Adam Ropp was not present.

The Historic Preservation Commission will hold a special meeting to reconsider the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s sidewalk improvements throughout downtown.

The HPC voted unanimously in an Aug. 3 meeting to approve the sidewalk project with the condition that the entire sidewalk project within the historic district be red brick sidewalks, not concrete sidewalk. Related article: Sidewalk project to go on excluding downtown area

Following the decision, ODOT elected to exclude the downtown portion of the project.

“Based upon the recommendations by the HPC – Division 4 has elected to exclude the historic district portion of the project and move forward with the remaining project,” an ODOT representative told city officials.

Now, HPC will discuss and take potential action to give ODOT permission to allow American with Disabilities (ADA) sidewalks, ramps and limited curb and guttering in the historic district.

The area to be considered will be along Division St. between Perkins Ave. and north of Vilas Ave. and between Cleveland Ave. and Noble Ave. between Division St. and Broad St.

ODOT is expected to soon go out for bids for the $1.2M project. Related articleDivision St., Noble Ave. sidewalk project hits bump in the road

The public meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. inside City Hall.


Be the first to comment on "HPC calls for special meeting to reconsider downtown sidewalks"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.