City officials will host a public meeting next Tuesday in order to unveil plans for new sidewalks and other "streetscape" features along Fourth Street between the courthouse square and Northwest Missouri State University.
The session will begin at 6 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Wesley Student Center, located at 549 W. Fourth St. near the southeastern corner of the Northwest campus.
Design drawings of the proposed improvements created by SK Design Group Inc. of Overland Park, Kan., will be on display during the meeting, and both SK representatives and municipal staff will be on hand to discuss the project and answer questions.
As currently envisioned, the scope of improvements along Fourth Street will include a concrete walking path; sections of decorative pavement, vintage-style street lamps, modular block retaining walls, landscaping and a new asphalt overlay for the street itself.
Also proposed is the elimination of an awkwardly designed three-way intersection at Dunn and Fourth that would be replaced with a simple "T" configuration.
Other design elements include a decorative overhead truss at Fourth and Main along with benches, trash receptacles and public art.
Nearly $930,000 is either in hand or moving through the financing pipeline for Phase 1 of the project, which will cost an estimated $1.4 million and be mostly limited to the north side of the street.
Phase 1 is to include the walking trail, lighting, benches, landscaping and waterline replacement as well as the asphalt overlay and re-worked intersection at Dunn.
Funding sources include Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits through the Missouri Department of Economic Development ($489,000); Missouri Department of Transportation Enhancement Funds ($240,000); and a MoDOT Small Urban Surface Transportation Program grant ($200,000).
Additional funding is being provided by Northwest, which contributed $55,000 to help cover $159,000 in design costs, the remainder of which was paid by the city.