Oakhurst Streetscape: expansion of Harmony Park beginsAn artist's depiction of the Oakhurst streetscape project. Source: Decaturga.com
Crews working on the Oakhurst Streetscape project have begun one of the most important steps: the expansion of Harmony Park.
Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon said the contractor, CMES, will demolish the existing public parking area, improve the storm drains and construct a new plaza.
“A new permanent angled parking area will be provided on East Lake Drive in front of One Step at a Time and Oakhurst Market,” Saxon said. “Ten parking spaces have been leased in the surface parking lot at 630 East Lake Drive to provide a temporary replacement for the parking area. Pedestrian access to Oakhurst Market and One Step at a Time will be maintained during construction. Depending on the weather, this phase of the work should take 10 days to 2 weeks.”
Saxon said that later this month, CMES will demolish and rebuild an area on Oakview Road south of East Lake Drive.
“This will lower the roadway so that positive drainage can be provided for new sidewalks on Oakview Road,” Saxon said. “This work will take 7-10 days, again depending on the weather. Sidewalks and pedestrian access will be maintained during this work. A plan is being developed to allow traffic to detour around this area.”
When the project is finished, it will transform the heart of Oakhurst at the intersections of Oakview Road, East Lake Drive, West Hill Street and West Benson Street. In addition to increasing the size of Harmony Park, there will be new sidewalks, lighting, and trees along the roads.