Link TDOT Projects and Create Synergy with State's Existing Investments:
Center Street will create a direct link from the Town's Historic Square to US Highway 72, which is planned for widening this fall and will include new bicycle lanes and sidewalks. Center Street and US Highway 72 will also eventually tie into the greenbelt proposed along Nonconnah Creek. These improvements will give Collierville an improved entrance that would be synchronized with the State's investment of bike lanes and sidewalks included in the US Highway 72 widening.
A New Gateway to Downtown Collierville will Help Students Find the Relocated University of Memphis Satellite Campus:
With the construction of Nonconnah Parkway (SR 385) about a decade ago and the widening on US Highway 72, there is a need to create a gateway into the Historic District from the south. The University of Memphis relocated its Collierville satellite campus to the Square area in the Spring of 2015, and US Highway 72 and Center Street are the main routes for students from all directions. Collierville Center Connect will improve signage and transportation modes to Downtown and the new University Area.
Safety will be Improved for Students Living Near the New Collierville Middle School:
A new facility for Collierville Middle School was built on Quinn Road south of Collierville's Town Square. In conjunction with other sidewalk connections being planned, Collierville Center Connect will improve pedestrian and biking options for students that are within 1 ½ mile of the new school.
Economic Development Opportunities will be Improved With Updated Infrastructure:
By adding better bike and pedestrian facilities, and increasing the amount of public on-street parking by 62 spaces, Collierville Center Connect will be a catalyst for economic growth, infill development, and heritage tourism for the Town. Furthermore, when the project occurs, the Town plans to upsize box culverts to alleviate downtown flooding problems that have inhibited new growth and redevelopment and are damaging historic resources.
The Town took a dramatic step to promote heritage tourism when the Morton Museum of Collirville History opened in June 2012. It serves as a starting point for residents and visitors to begin their tour of the Historic District, which boasts a beautifully landscaped Town Square with gazebo, one-of-a-kind boutique shops, dining experiences, and a historic train depot. Collierville Center Connect will aid the Town's heritage tourism efforts by providing better access to the I-269 corridor, SR385, and the newly-improved US Highway 72.
The Grant Implements Town's Award-Winning Public Vision for its Downtown:
The enhancement grant helped to implement the vision of the new Downtown Collierville Small Area Plan, which received awards from the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2010 and the American Society of Landscape Architects (TN Chapter) in 2011. The Town has used similar public improvement projects successfully downtown before, as in the mid 1990s a major streetscape project was undertaken that transformed the streets contiguous to the Town Square into the pedestrian-friendly and heritage tourism destination that it is today.
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