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Muncy Downtown Streetscape project design unveiled

By Staff | Nov 1, 2011

Muncy residents survey the new design plans for a Streetscape Project on Main Street that were revealed at Muncy's Last Friday event. L to R: Michael Coppes, Brian Auman, Becky Fought and Linda Stein.

MUNCY – After several months of planning, architectural designs for a new Streetscape Project in downtown Muncy, were revealed by Brian Auman, Architect Planner with SEDA-COG. Meetings with County Transportation, Muncy Borough Council, Main Street Committee, and the Muncy Business Association have taken place for input and suggestions. Approved grants have allowed plans to move forward according to Linda Stein, committee member.

One of the key elements to the project is the remake of the small Veterans Park that sits back from Main Street, next to Providence Engineering, who owns the plot. The company also assisted in the grant process to redo the Veterans Park. “There is an easement with the American Legion,” Stein said.

The design shows a small raised stage that will be incorporated to allow live music during Main Street events. It also allows for a steel bike rack and new curbing.

“Today we want to get an introduction of some basic ideas for the public to review. Nothing is final,” announced Auman during Muncy’s Last Friday event. Muncy’s Keystone Fire Department building garage had the designs on display for the public while serving hot dogs and treats for children in costume.

“We are moving in the direction of keeping a transition to the neighborhoods adding crosswalks and bump-outs,” Auman added. Looking at the map, the entire strip along downtown Main Street is designed with underground utilities that include electric pump-outs for lighting. “We hope to open up sidewalks more,” said Auman, “and limit movement on Water Street for the moving trucks.”

A new brass commemorative plaque will also be added on the Veteran’s Memorial because the existing one only goes up to the Korean War. “We need to recognize all those who served since then,” said Becky Fought, Main Street Manager. It is a given consensus with all of the committees to improve the sidewalks assured Auman.

The committee is planning on taking the design to the Muncy Borough Council at their next meeting. “We want to put out our best ideas,” said Fought.

According to Auman, PennDot will have ultimate review and make comments on all concepts because it is a state route.” About a month ago general maps were revealed and the committee started taking recommendations from the community. Looking well into the future, one idea surfaced to have chargers put in with the underground wiring for electric cars.