Roseville officials, DDA members, business owners and residents were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremonies kicking off $1.2 million in streetscape improvements along Utica Road.
The weather was overcast and gray earlier in the day, but the sun came out and the mood
was bright for those assembled for the ceremonies.
Community officials, Downtown Development Authority (DDA) committee members, business owners and residents gathered on the afternoon of Saturday, July 22 on city owned property located on Utica Road just west of Gratiot for a festive Kickoff/Groundbreaking ceremony to launch the city’s $1.5 million “Reinventing Downtown Roseville” initiative.
The site will also be home to a future pavilion that will serve as a community gathering place for city events with the goal of creating a “downtown” for the city. The event was held in conjunction with the DDA’s second annual “Jammin’ at the Junction” car show and family fun day that was also held on Utica Road, between Gratiot and 12 Mile.
Enhancements to the corridor include an $800,000 water main project, $700,000 in new wider sidewalks with crosswalks, ornamental lighting, bike lanes, kiosks, attractive landscaping with green infrastructure, and on-street parking. AEW’s Mike Vigneron, Senior Project Engineer, and Joe Eberle, Graduate Engineer, along with city officials, wrote the successful grant application, and AEW staff and Russell Design, Landscape Architects, designed the entire project, including the water mains, assisted with the bid process, will oversee construction, and are also active in the public engagement process.
AEW has proudly served the 48,000+ citizens of Roseville as the City’s Engineer since 1970, and also served as a Corporate Sponsor of the “’Jammin’ at the Junction,” and “Let’s Build Something Together” activities.
AEW was proud to participate in the ceremonies, and our “Groundbreaking Shovels” were put
to good use for the special Groundbreaking event.
Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor addressed the enthusiastic audience and proudly supports
the new projects and what they will bring to the community.
DDA Chairwoman and owner of The Royal Treat Tea Room and Just Delicious Scones, enthusiastically shared her vision for the new Streetscape project, the future of the DDA, and thanked her fellow committee members.
City Manager Scott Adkins served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Groundbreaking event,
and generously thanked all who have been involved in helping to make the “Reinventing Downtown Roseville” vision a reality.
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