Auburn City Council approves "Renew Opelika Road Corridor" plan - WRBL

Auburn City Council approves "Renew Opelika Road Corridor" plan

Posted: Updated:
AUBURN, Ala. -

Tuesday night the Auburn City Council voted to go forward with the "Renew Opelika Road Corridor" plan. The city and local business owners are looking forward to the development.

Over the past 18 months the Auburn planning department has been working on a design to revitalize Opelika Road. Before Tuesday's meeting the department met with council and the public to get feedback on the rough drafts.

The "Renew Opelika Road Corridor" plan is a multi-year project intended to increase economic development in the area. Over the next 20 years Auburn hopes the corridor will become a destination for shoppers.

Local business owners had questions about the plan at first, namely whether to put in medians at certain intersections, but the city has been receptive to their input and planning director Forrest Cotten says the design is a work in progress.

"We're going to have to work it as we go along the corridor," says Cotten. "It'll be very deliberate. We'll be very open and very communicative with all the businesses, and I think we've demonstrated that and will continue to demonstrate that."

The city has already approved $5 million for the first five years of the project. Cotten says he doesn't think council will have a problem continuing to allocate funds as members see the success of the project.

The project is slated to move in a strategic west-to-east plan, starting at Gay Street and moving away from the city's center as it progresses.

Cotten says he hopes Opelika Road can become a place people go "to" and not go "through."

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Eufaula Avenue expansion possibility angers residents

    Eufaula Avenue expansion possibility angers residents

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:17:07 GMT
    Some folks in Eufaula are upset with the Alabama Department of Transportation. They say the state wants to widen the historic Eufaula Avenue, which you might know from the many antebellum homes that line the highway.  
    Some folks in Eufaula are upset with the Alabama Department of Transportation. They say the state wants to widen the historic Eufaula Avenue, which you might know from the many antebellum homes that line the highway.  
  • Russell County deputy arrested for drug trafficking

    Russell County deputy arrested for drug trafficking

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:46:33 GMT

    Deputy Brandon Williams found in possession of synthetic marijuana and steroids, Sheriff Heath Taylor says.

    Deputy Brandon Williams found in possession of synthetic marijuana and steroids, Sheriff Heath Taylor says.

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:54 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:54:25 GMT

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

    April arrests made in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.