Been wanting to say this for a long time…We’ve started construction of Boulevard Woods!
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With a unanimous vote at its Feb. 3 regular session meeting, the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission gave the final green light to the Boulevard Woods project.
We’re not sure of the exact date that we’ll be able to break ground to build the park, but we’ll let you know in the coming weeks. That’s right: the next step is actual construction. (Can you believe it?)
Thank you Mayor Denson, and Commissioners!
Whether Boulevard Woods gets built or not is now in the hands of the Mayor and Commission.
They are set to vote on the project at their regular session meeting tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 3). The meeting starts at 7 pm at City Hall.
If they vote to give a green light, we’ll be able to break ground on constructing Boulevard Woods this spring.
Support for Boulevard Woods looks strong from the Mayor and the Commissioners at this point. But a show of continuing support from the community won’t hurt.
You can do that by joining us in person tonight at City Hall for the meeting. Or by sending a quick message to the Mayor and your Commissioner expressing your support for Boulevard Woods. Or you can do both.
Here’s contact information for the Mayor and Commissioners: http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/60
Boulevard Woods was officially added to the agenda for a final Mayor and Commission vote on Feb. 3 at tonight’s agenda setting meeting.
This happened without objection—and is a positive sign (but no guarantee) for the likely outcome at the Mayor and Commission’s Feb. 3 regular session meeting.
We’ll have more updates coming soon, but mark your calendars! We’ll need supporters on hand at the next Mayor and Commission meeting—Tuesday, Feb. 3, at City Hall, starting at 7 pm.
Next week, at the Mayor and Commission’s agenda setting meeting, Boulevard Woods will likely take another step closer to becoming a real park. At its Tuesday, Jan. 20 meeting, the Mayor and Commission will consider a motion to include Boulevard Woods in its regular session agenda for Feb. 3.
If Boulevard Woods does get on the agenda for the regular session—and that seems likely at this point—then the Mayor and Commission will vote Feb. 3 to give final approvals to the project.
$97,527 — what it will cost to build Boulevard Woods
$102,463.05 — what we’ve raised in total (less expenses)
$ 0— what we needed to raise by Friday, October 31, 2014 (our fundraising deadline)
$18,998.44— what we’ve raised since Wednesday, October 1, 2014
It’s been a while since we’ve reported on our progress in making Boulevard Woods a reality. But a lot has been happening behind the scenes, including these four developments.
Boulevard Woods is a community partnership to create a distinctive neighborhood park on a vacant county-owned lot.
More than half the funds needed for construction have been raised. It will cost us $125,000 to build the park we’re proposing. Thanks to a $75,000 grant from Riverview Foundation, and ongoing local efforts, we’ve already raised more than half of what we need. To get the job done, we need $48,200.
ACC’s Historic Preservation Commission gave our plans for Boulevard Woods a unanimous thumbs-up at a Nov. 20 hearing.
Boulevard Woods is on county-owned land that is located within the boundaries of the Historic Boulevard Neighborhood. The commission’s role was to review our plans and make recommendations intended to make sure what we were proposing fit in with the history and architecture of the neighborhood.
Athens Rising columnist Stella Smith writes about Boulevard Woods in this week’s Flagpole. Check it out.