DAYTONA BEACH — About six months after work wrapped up on Beach Street improvements between Orange Avenue and Bay Street, a second phase of changes could be coming to the riverfront corridor between Bay Street and Fairview Avenue.
The changes could include widening sidewalks and reducing traffic lanes from four to two in that stretch of Beach Street, and possibly adding a roundabout at Fairview Avenue just west of the Main Street bridge. The project proposal also calls for utility upgrades on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard between Beach Street and Ridgewood Avenue.
A measure on Wednesday night’s City Commission agenda calls for the city to get into a contract with Parker Mynchenberg and Associates for design, permitting, bidding and construction phase services for the proposed Beach Street streetscape project.
The contract calls for the city to pay the Holly Hill-based company $619,076 to help with plans for new sidewalks, traffic signals, lane reductions, paving, lighting, parking configurations that add spaces, landscaping, hardscaping, irrigation and utility improvements.
The work would be very similar to the $4 million project completed late last year on Beach Street between Orange Avenue and Bay Street, which took most of 2020 to finish. A total of 42 parking spaces were added, sidewalks were widened 8-10 feet in front of stores, and on the east side of Beach Street there is now a 12-foot-wide decorative sidewalk between International Speedway Boulevard and Bay Street.
Also improving things for pedestrians are new crosswalk pavers at several intersections and a reduced speed limit of 20 mph.
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Mynchenberg would have until September 2022 to complete the design work for the new project, according to a memo from city Public Works Director Andrew Holmes. It appears road work wouldn’t get underway at least until late 2022 or early 2023.
Public meetings would be held before construction started.
A new place to get inked
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners are slated to take a final vote on a rezoning request that would allow a vacant two-story building at 405 Main St., once the home of Tombstone Silverworks, to become a new tattoo parlor and art gallery.
If the rezoning gets a final OK, property owners Karen Hollums-Broome and Robert W. Guidotti will also have weekend outdoor art displays with music and make the second floor of the building residential space.
The small property just east of Pinewood Cemetery and across from Humphreys & Son Jewelers would become one of the few places on the beachside to get a tattoo. Victory Tattoo at 514 Main St. has been operating on the corridor the past few years.
Commissioners will also be asked to accept $15 million in Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CLFRF) provided by the American Rescue Plan. The city is expected to receive two $7.5 million allocations from the U.S. Department of Treasury approximately one year apart.
The American Rescue Plan of 2021 was established to help the country get through the COVID-19 pandemic. A component of the plan established the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.
The fund provides revenue to eligible states as well as local, territorial and tribal governments to support public health response efforts and economic stabilization.
The CLFRF funds can be used to support public health expenditures; address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency; replace lost public sector revenue; provide premium pay for essential workers; and invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.
Wednesday’s City Commission meeting will be the last for City Manager Jim Chisholm. After nearly 17 years as the city’s top government official, Chisholm is retiring June 1.
The new city manager is Deric Feacher, who begins work June 1. Feacher is the former city manager of Haines City.