Residents learn more details of Streetscape plan

Nathan Gruver (left) and Lenny Larson of ISG presented a program on the Streetscape project being undertaken next year on three blocks of Broadway downtown. It will include such things as permeable pavers and tree trenches, and will be paid for mostly by grant dollars. Photo by Les Houser

About 25 Eagle Grove residents attended a public meeting last Tuesday at Memorial Hall to look over plans and options for the Streetscape project that the City will undertake next year. Employees with ISG, the consulting firm for project, were on hand to present the details and answer questions.

“The City had originally received a grant to incorporate green infrastructure and storm water best management practices,” said Lenny Larson, civil engineer, in explaining how the Streetscape idea came about and how the funding mechanism will work. “This then allowed the City to pursue this type of development.” The City was recently notified by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that the concepts and practices being used qualify for the program. Now, the City is pursuing a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which will provide the matching funds. “It’s a $2.1 million dollar project, with the majority of that covered by grants”, said Larson. If you recall reading from a recent City Council story, it will cost the City only around $73,928 to redo a three-block area of Broadway downtown.

Nathan Gruver, landscape architect, then outlined some of the details with the help of an overhead presentation. Permeable pavers will be the main feature of the design, which then allows the water to drain down through and not just sit on the surface. It can then be utilized for the trees and other plantings which can be a part of the overall finished street. The pavers are used for the parking area only, with Broadway and Highway 17 both staying as they are now. Examples of the paver types & colors available were also shown. They could be Uni-lock, Borgett or Pavestone among others.

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