What's Up, Waveland? January 2020
Waveland Alderman Jeremy Burke reviews the city's accomplishments in 2019 and reveals the board's direction for 2020.
If you have driven on Waveland Avenue lately you have seen the much-anticipated sidewalks being constructed. Once the project is completed, it will add nearly 2.5 miles to the city’s sidewalk infrastructure. The project is funded with 80% Mississippi Department of Transportation funds and just 20% direct local funds. The project should be completed in early summer 2019.
When the Waveland sidewalk project is wrapping up, the MDOT Nicholson Avenue overlay and pedestrian pathway project should be getting started. Nicholson Avenue will overlay from the railroad track to HWY 90, and a five-foot-wide bike/pedestrian pathway will be installed on both sides of Nicholson. The project accomplishes two objectives: First, it will smooth the deteriorating and well-driven Nicholson Avenue; and second, it will provide a safeway for pedestrians to bike and walk safely along Nicholson Avenue. The total construction cost for the project is projected to be just over $1 million, but Waveland is going to be reimbursed for a majority of the cost of the project.
This past year has seen a continued building boom. Forty-nine homes have been constructed in Waveland, up from 33 in 2018. Over $15 million of new construction has been added to Waveland this past year alone.
My main objective in 2020 is to aggressively address blight and improve the appearance of the Highway 90 corridor. A number of buildings and signs need to be removed. Waveland must show more pride and needs to be a more attractive “welcome mat” for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The abandoned buildings, illegally placed signs and rough-looking median cannot be ignored any longer.
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