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Livable Communities
Updates at Galveston City Hall
by Jim Guidry
Monday, January 23, 2012

The Galveston Livable Communities Initiative was a subject at two public meetings at Galveston City Hall last week.

John Carrara of The Goodman Corporation updated the Intermodal Transportation Committee on the Downtown Transportation Terminal. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

“The city council approved the revisions to the letter of intent between the city and the Port of Galveston who is taking over as the developer of the terminal,” Carrara said.  “That agreement lays out, throughout 2012, deadlines and milestones leading up to design being completed by October to advertise for bids to start construction of the terminal building before the end of this calendar year.”

Earlier, Carrara reviewed Phase I improvements to the Downtown under the Livable Communities Initiative at a meeting of interested stakeholders in the greater Downtown/UTMB corridor at Galveston. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

“We have been working with the city through Island Transit for a number of years on transportation related projects,” he said.  “Livable Communities Phase I was done in 2003.  The improvements that were done to The Strand (included) wheelchair ramps, pavement, rebuilding curbs, the brick crosswalks, shelters for the trolleys, lighting - refurbishing the gaslights and putting electric lights at the intersections to facilitate pedestrian crossing of the streets, and some other improvements; including pedestrian way finding and signage.”   

Carrara said Phase 2 improvements under the Livable Communities Initiative will include the Downtown Transportation Terminal and projects on Mechanic, Postoffice, Market, 20th, 21st,  22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th streets.

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