The neighborhood of North Port St. Joe will soon see sidewalks replaced along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd between Avenues A and D.
In a town hall meeting at the Washington Improvement Group building last week, Gail Alsobrook, executive director of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency reported that the city was awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant for $200,000 to complete the project.
In addition to replacing the sidewalks and adding additional parking spaces, storm water drain improvements would also be added to avoid future flooding on the road.
The “green” technology planned to help make the storm drains work more efficiently will require little maintenance after installation.
“This project is important to the economic development of a local commercial corridor,” said Alsobrook.
Clay Smallwood with Preble Rish Engineers showed plans for the new sidewalks to those in attendance.
In addition to more parking, curbs will be made handicap accessible and crosswalk lines will be painted.
A project two years in the making, Smallwood said he expects to have the final designs by April.
Some water lines in the area will also be replaced during the project.
Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson asked everyone for patience during the replacement of sidewalks.
“You have to break some eggs to make an omelet,” he said. “We have to make a mess before it gets better.”