Details of downtown grant to be announced

The Ohio Department of Transportation is expected to announce today details of a state grant that Findlay has received to improve Main Street downtown and a portion of Cory Street.

A press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Municipal Building’s third-floor conference room.

The city wants to install curb “bump-outs” at intersections on Main Street to shorten the walk for pedestrians, relocate trees, install medians in places where there is no left-turn lane, and include three mid-block pedestrian crossings.

Officials also favor installing a bicycle path along Cory Street from the University of Findlay south to at least West Main Cross Street.

The state intends to resurface Main Street in 2017.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik said she hopes the plan is “a start to improving the safety, walkability and overall vitality of the downtown.”

In March, city administrators said if a state grant was awarded, they would combine it with $5 million pledged from Marathon Petroleum Corp. and apply for other grants to pay for an evolving downtown “master plan” focused on economic development, improved safety and parking changes to better accommodate workers, visitors and residents.


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