Greenville Downtown Development Authority drops median idea

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:49 am on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) approved ending discussion about a proposed downtown median at this time.

During Tuesday’s meeting, member Deb Huch, co-owner of Huch’s Fine Jewelry, made the motion to remove the item from active discussion.

“After hearing from the public services about snow removal, from the public safety and because of the cost, I wan to make a motion,” Huch told the DDA.

Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said he reviewed prices with the city engineer about how much a median would cost if one was to be placed within the crosswalks between Grove and Cass streets.

“It would be a minimum of $100,000,” Van Wyngarden estimated, noting the price includes the electric, landscaping and more.

The motion was seconded by Linda Huckleberry, co-owner of Huckleberry’s Restaurant. The DDA unanimously voted to approve the motion.

“We have a beautiful stage,” said Mayor John Hoppough. “Now we have to continue to support what we got.”

Chairman David Ralph said just because the motion was taken out of active discussion doesn’t mean the idea can’t be brought up again in the future by someone else.

“In the future, it might be a question,” said Ralph of the median idea.

Hoppough suggested as a group to keep looking into what they can do to improve and bring people to Greenville.

“Greenville is pretty,” Hoppough said. “Let’s see what else we can do.”

During the meeting, Van Wyngarden presented a letter from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as requested regarding a meeting to discuss the possibility of the median.

MDOT officials stated they were “receptive to the concept,” but recommended Greenville hold a public meeting before further discussion took place.

However, with talks about the proposed median being tabled for now, no public meeting will be taking place at this time.

The next DDA meeting will be 7:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at Greenville City Hall.

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