Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Five Points Planning New Look Goal Is Cleaner, Brighter Section

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Five Points Planning New Look Goal Is Cleaner, Brighter Section

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With $100,000 in seed money, the Five Points Area Association is kicking off a fund-raising drive to give its aging commercial district a village look with brick paving, eight-foot-wide sidewalks and historic light fixtures.

The goal is a cleaner, brighter, safer Five Points.

City Councilman Jim Overton has given the group $100,000 from the River City Renaissance bond program.

"I think Five Points is on the right track," Overton said at the group's annual meeting Monday night. "Avondale is a good example of what this kind of seed money can do."

The cost of the project is yet to be determined, said Steve Williams, association president and co-owner of the Pedestrian Gallery.

Members will be looking into other potential funding sources, such as grants, capital improvement monies and donations. So far, about $6,000 has been raised by the community.

Architect Ted Pappas drew a "streetscape" master plan several years ago. It was expanded on last fall at a collaborative brainstorming session known as a "charette."

The master plan calls for brick pavers at Park and Post streets, Post and Margaret streets and at the five-way Five Points intersection of Margaret, Park and Lomax streets.

It will be done in phases with the first phase being the sidewalks along the east side of Park between Post and the Five Points intersection.

"We don't want to tear up both sides of the street at once and put anybody out of business," Pappas said.

The pedestrian crosswalk in the middle of Park also will be reconstructed with brick pavers.

Palm trees and other landscaping will be planted along each side of Park. The sidewalks will be widened to eight feet and reconstructed with artistic pavement.

"The main thing is to make the sidewalks wider where you can have cafe-type dining," Pappas said.

Sidewalk cafes can be done but will require the passing of a city ordinance, Overton said. …

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