Carytown streets, sidewalks to get makeover

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Richmond's popular, locally-owned shopping district is about to get a makeover. Major streetscape improvements are coming to Carytown.

Carytown is already a pedestrian friendly destination; the city is now hoping to make it even safer.

Tammy Hawley is the mayor's press secretary. She says, "Carytown is highly unique shopping district one of the crowning glories of our city."

Through the use of a nearly $500,000 federal grant, the city will put in clearer free parking signs, brick crosswalks, rubberized matting at curbs for the visually impaired and will extend some of those curbs into the roadway.

Bob Broomfield is the President of the Carytown Merchant's Association. He says the improvements, "will make it easier to cross the street and actually will slow traffic down as well."

Most of the changes will happen at the intersections of Dooley, Belmont and Sheppard streets

Hank Greenberg just moved his store Roan to the district. He says the city's commitment to Carytown will only carry over into other neighborhoods.

"We were in the county and we're now in the city. Yeah I think it will increase the tax base and help pay for more things that the city needs," says Greenberg.

Hawley says the changes are important to the city's economic development plan. "Not only to support those businesses but find ways to enhance those businesses and their experience so that we continue to strength the tax base for the city."

Bids for the work will go out this summer. Construction could be finished by the end of the year.

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