Reynoldsburg City Officials Hope Road Upgrades Lure New Business

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UPDATED: Thursday April 10, 2014 5:52 PM

A busy central Ohio corridor will soon be undergoing major changes.

Brice Road through Reynoldsburg will be getting some upgrades that city officials hope will lure new business to the area.

The nearly $5 million project is set to get started by the end of April and will likely run all the way through September or October.

City officials say they received a $3.6 million grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission to help offset the cost.

"This street is constantly busy,” said Tawain Gordon, owner of Chazon’s Hair and Nail Studio near Brice and Livingston.

A busy Brice Road should mean plenty of customers for the numerous shops and restaurants in the area, but Gordon says Reynoldsburg residents do their shopping in other communities.

"The money hasn't left. You know, it's just the customers are pulled elsewhere,” he said.

Gordon's studio sits among a mix of newer businesses, well-established businesses and vacant buildings.

He and other business owners say Brice Road needs to become more welcoming to potential customers.

There are long stretches that lack street lights, sidewalks and crosswalks for pedestrians.

But city officials say that will all soon be changing.

"We want to put this good infrastructure in place to revitalize this area,” said Nathan Burd, Reynoldsburg’s Public Service Director.

The city's plans for the Brice Road corridor include a brand new road, replacing sidewalks, installing new sidewalks and adding two pedestrian crosswalks near the library.

"Right now, we don't have those on Brice and they're very desperately needed,” Burd said. "Those will be mast arms that will actually reach out over Brice Road and when pedestrians are in the walkway, they'll flash."

Burd says the upgrades will also more than triple the number of existing streetlights.

“That will help with safety and the general appearance,” he said. "I think if you look at a lot of studies, street lighting will decrease crime and so we're hopeful for that."

All of it comes with the goal of setting Reynoldsburg up for success.

"We're making Brice Road a real focal point for the next few years in the city,” Burd said. “We’re excited.”

City officials say they will keep traffic going in both directions throughout the length of the project.

A public meeting is scheduled for April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in council chambers.

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