Public meeting set to discuss lower Fredericksburg bond project
SAN ANTONIO – The city is moving forward with a more than $10 million, voter-approved bond project to improve lower Fredericksburg Road.
"It's an awesome location. It's got a rich history. Easy connectivity to downtown,” says Max Woodward from the Uptown Neighborhood Association.
The business owner sees so much potential for the neighborhood.
"Safety for pedestrians is top of the list,” Woodward says. “Parking for small businesses."
The goal is to revitalize the business corridor without losing its history.
"One of the older neighborhoods in town,” Woodward says. “Part of the Old Spanish Trail which pre-dates the city itself."
The bond project will transform Fredericksburg from North Flores to West Woodlawn.
"Fredericksburg Road, this portion, has been needing this kind of attention for more than a decade,” says District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino.
He says the more than $10 million in bond money will be spent on drainage and making lower Fredericksburg, including the Five Points area, a more complete street with safer sidewalks and new bike lanes.
"Making sure that this corridor really connects both sides of Fredericksburg Road,” Councilman Trevino says.
He’s hosting a public meeting next Wednesday, March 21, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to make sure people who live and work in the area are on board with the plan. It will be held at St. Ann’s Community Center located one block off Fredericksburg at 1334 West Ashby.
"If we need to address something, if we have a design concern, this is the time to do it,” Councilman Trevino says.
Woodward looks forward to hearing input from his neighbors.
"The national political landscape is pretty divided these days,” he says. “It's important that we come together on local level."
By EMILY BAUCUM