As the first phase of improvements slated for two of West York's main thoroughfares wraps up, borough officials are looking forward to continuing efforts to improve the borough's streetscape.

Curb and sidewalk improvements along part of West Market Street, part of larger plan to beautify the borough's streets, were completed about a month ago.

Now borough officials and architects from York City based Murphy & Dittenhafer plan to meet with residents to gather their input on how to further improve the streetscape, said Steve Herman, borough council president.

The public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Reliance Fire Station, 1341 W. Market St.

Streetscape: The first phase of the project addressed deteriorating sidewalks and curbs in the 1300 block of West Market Street, Herman said.

The borough fire department also received a new parking pad at the front of its station on West Market Street as part of the project.

The next phase will be to gather information on how to improve sections of the borough addressed in a York County Planning Commission study.

The study area included West Market Street between the York City line and Adams Street, and Highland Avenue between West Philadelphia Street and West King Street.

The main focus of the project will be in the area of the square at the intersection of West Market Street and Highland Avenue where infrastructure, traffic, parking and pedestrian safety will be addressed, said Jennifer Line, architect designer with Murphy & Dittenhafer.


More visual improvements could include planting trees and shrubs, installing bus stops, trashcans and benches, Herman said.

"Right now it's in the conceptual form," Herman said.

Funding: The design phase is slated to be completed in the spring, and construction will follow shortly after architects present their design to borough officials, Line said.

Funding for the project came from federal Community Development Block Grants.

The curb and sidewalk project cost $180,000; an additional $50,000 is for the streetscape design work, according to the planning commission.

Officials have set aside $200,000 to implement the improvement plan.

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