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Fayetteville residents weigh in on proposed changes to Limestone Plaza

The Fayetteville Village Board of Trustees held a public hearing regarding proposed revisions to the Limestone Plaza area at its meeting Monday night.

The meeting was attended by about 30 village residents, most of whom voiced various concerns about or suggestions for the project.

The board hired traffic and transportation engineer Jim Napoleon last September and has worked with him and the state and county highway departments to develop proposals for changes to the plaza, Mayor Mark Olson said.

Drawings of two different options are on display at Fayetteville Village Hall.

Napoleon was on hand to answer and discuss any questions and concerns of village residents. He said that when designing the plans he took into consideration traffic flow of cars and pedestrians, need for parking spaces, safety and the aesthetics of the plaza.

Due to increased traffic and parking needs created by the development of the area, the village aims to improve viability for cars turning from various parts of Brooklea Drive and Limestone Plaza. This will be done by adding “bump-outs,” which will be either planters or widened sidewalks, to give space at intersections where parked cars can currently obstruct views. The plans also call for adding public parking spaces at various spots.

Tom O’Shea, of Clinton Street, Fayetteville, spoke to voice his concerns about parking lots being used correctly.

“You have to educate people on where to park,” O’Shea said. “People want to park out front and walk right in, but we have to utilize off-street lots too.”

Other possible changes not in the plans but suggested by residents included adding stop signs, speed waves, raised crosswalks and diagonal on-street parking.

The board plans to work more with Napoleon on the plans after receiving feedback from the community and will hold another public hearing on the issue at its March 12 meeting. The board hopes to approve and install the changes early this spring, Mayor Olson said.

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