The Town of Leesburg’s Downtown Improvement Project gets its official start on July 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. with a groundbreaking ceremony for Phases 1A and 1B of the project. The ceremony will take place at the northern walkway behind Caulkins Jewelers (11 South King Street). This spot marks the symbolic center of the Downtown Improve-ment Project, as the alley has been the longest discussed aspect of improvements to the downtown, dating back approximately 20 years.
The Town Council approved Phases I and II of the Downtown Improvement Project in September 2010. Phase 1A consists of improvements to both walkways from the Town parking garage to King Street and improvements to the alley from Loudoun Street to Market Street. The improvements will include improved storm drainage facilities, new landscaping, lighting in the walkways, formalized street print crosswalks and pedestrian refuge areas against the garage.
Phase 1B of the project, which is also represented by the groundbreaking ceremony, consists of improvements to the East End Triangle near Mom’s Apple Pie, where Market and Loudoun Streets converge. Improvements in this area include removal of the Dominion Power pole at the intersection, new curb and gutter, a stone retaining wall, landscaping, new brick walkways and decorative lighting.
Both Phases 1A and 1B are anticipated to be completed early this fall. Rain date for the ground breaking will be July 10 at 6:30 p.m.