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|U of I Students Craft Plan for East Main Street Corridor
|A group of students from the University of Illinois who agreed to take on the task of trying to put together a report on what should be done with what many believe is the main entrance into the City of Galesburg have released their findings, and have a laundry list worth of items.
The students presented their findings on ways the East Main Street corridor can get a facelift were presented to the Galesburg CIty Council Monday night. They're all graduate students in the Urban Planning program at the University of Illinois, and have been working on the plan for the last year, doing research and meeting with residents, all through the Knox County U of I Extension office.
The recommendations ranged from bike paths, fencing along Interstate 74, and other transportation and landscaping suggestions. But there was another according to student Senait Brown that might be the most important of all according to residents: a railroad grade separation at the Sumner Street Crossing.
"Why this will be important is because this is the connection to downtown from East Main Street," Brown said. "The grade separation was voted as the number one opportunity by residents, so that's definitely something to take into consideration. Some of the existing conditions...there are 70 trains that go down this line every day. Cars often reroute from Main Street, taking them away from the businesses and things going on."
The group also suggested things like providing financial incentives for residents and businesses alike to redevelop properties along the corridor.
You can listen to the entire discussion by CLICKING HERE.
Aldermen Monday night also approved a $775,000 revenue cut to the City of Galesburg's budget, due to falling tax revenues in several categories.
(University of Illinois graduate student Pallavi Nadimpalli gives part of the presentation at Monday Night's Galesburg City Council meeting. Watching on in the front row are, from left to right, fellow students Meghna Dutta, Zach Kennedy, and Senait Brown. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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