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Want to Learn why the Clayton Street Ginkgo Trees Are Being Chopped Down?

Downtown Infrastructure & Streetscape Open House on Mon., Jan. 13, from 5:00-6:30.

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Public Utilities Department and SPLOST Program Management Office will host a drop-in open house on Monday, January 13 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. about the upcoming downtown infrastructure and streetscape project. The open house will take place in the Michael Brothers Building mezzanine at 320 East Clayton Street, which is located in the project area.The location will allow participants to not only ask questions of staff and view project plans, but also to see the area undergoing improvements and the issues involved.

The open house will provide detailed information about the downtown infrastructure and streetscape improvements by Public Utilities and SPLOST that is scheduled to run in two phases on East Clayton Street between North Thomas Street and North Lumpkin Street, North Jackson Street between East Broad Street and East Washington Street, and Wall Street.

Phase I of the project will focus on water and sewer system improvements and is scheduled to run in sections heading east from Jackson Street from January 21, 2014 through mid-August 2014. Phase II of the project will focus on stormwater and streetscape improvements and run from January 2015 through mid-August 2015.

Throughout the project, information will be updated regularly on the Athens-Clarke County website at and on the Athens Downtown Streetscape Facebook page. Additionally, a Downtown Infrastructure and Streetscape Improvements listserve that allows subscribers to receive e-mail or text message updates on the project is available in the e-Newsletters area of the Athens-Clarke County website.

Funding for the improvements comes from the Public Utilities Department and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 2005 Project #10: Business Corridor Infrastructure Improvements.

For more information, contact Derek Doster in the SPLOST Program Management Office at 706-613-3025.

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