Contributed by the City of Manassas
City of Manassas, VA . . . Local business owners, members of the Chamber of Commerce, members of Historic Manassas, Inc., City of Manassas City Councilmembers and staff gathered today to cut a ceremonial ribbon on the Main Street Streetscapes project.
This project, which included 1050 lane feet of construction, widened narrow sidewalks from four feet to five and a half to up to 16 feet. This allows for outside dining and improved pedestrian areas. The project added 19 Allee Lacebark Elm and Green Vase Japanese Zelkova trees to the area, and nice looking brick crosswalks at the cross streets.
The Main Street Streetscapes project is part of the City’s continuing investment in the Old Town area in an effort to attract visitors and enhance their experience in the City of Manassas. In 2000, the City began recreating the Old Town area by making an investment in the Candy Factory and creating the Loy E. Harris Pavilion. In 2005 and 06 the sidewalks on Center Street were widened and streetscapes improved. In 2008, improvements were made to Battle Street. Now, throughout the summer, residents and visitors can take in a band while dining or shopping along Battle Street or attend a cultural event at the Harris Pavilion or the Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory.
“I can see Main Street merchants, restaurants and businesses benefitting from the more welcoming ambiance outside their doors,” said Mayor Harry J. Parrish II. “I’m sure the wider sidewalks, outdoor dining, and trees will encourage more visitors to spend time on Main Street, as they do on Battle Street and in other areas of Old Town.”
The Main Street Streetscapes project is a Capital Improvement Plan project with a budget of $1.075 million dollars, with $100,000 going to design costs and $975,000 for construction.
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