Residents Can Discuss Chesterfield Avenue Enhancement Project’s Design Elements

Residents can discuss the final design concepts for future landscape and pedestrian safety improvements along Chesterfield Avenue at a meeting next week.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ettrick Elementary School gymnasium, according to information from the county. The final design concepts were developed from community input obtained at an Oct. 20, 2009 meeting, core planning group meetings and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Latisha W. Jenkins, the county’s community revitalization coordinator, said the project’s consultant, the Timmons Group, would first present the final design concepts to the core group of planners on Jan. 7.

“The main issues people were talking about was traffic and parking,” she said. “Some of the properties on Chesterfield Avenue are residential, and they’ve had problems with people parking in front of their driveway.” At the community meeting on Oct. 20, residents also mentioned visibility issues when turning onto Chesterfield Avenue from side streets, she said.

Lauren Fisher, a landscape planner with the Timmons Group, said the proposed design concepts will deal with Chesterfield Avenue only, and not Virginia State University’s plans nearby. The design concepts will deal with pedestrian, landscape and lighting improvements, as well as signage, she said.

The project will address parking, she said, but designers are still working with VDOT on how it will do so.

The revitalization office’s efforts are focused along Jefferson Davis Highway and Chesterfield Avenue, Jenkins said, as those areas are eligible for federal funding in the form of community development block grants. The grants are versatile, she said, and they are being used to fund the planning of the Chesterfield Avenue project, and will help pay for some of its construction.   

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