Bethel planning renovation project in business district

By Jordan Puckett
Sun staff

The Village of Bethel will be undergoing an extensive restoration project in the next few years. Village Administrator Travis Dotson said the project will be completed in six phases.

“The overall goal for the street project is to replace the aging and deteriorating curbs and gutters throughout our Plane Street Business District,” Dotson said. “Our curbs are long overdue for replacement and our storm water catch basins and gutters are in serious need of repair as well. In the process of restoring our storm water system, we will also be able to replace the sidewalks and add uniformity to the Plane Street District.”

The project is being funded through Ohio Public Works Commissions grants. In addition to this, Dotson said the village might be able to finance matching funds through zero interest loans.

One major change will be the removal of grass strips and trees. This is being done in order to achieve a more uniform look throughout the Plane Street Business District.

“We regularly receive complaints from business owners that our trees block their store fronts and make it difficult to display and advertise,” Dotson said.

The first phase of the project has already been awarded and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. This phase focuses on the section of the village from Ash Street to Main Street.

The next phase, which focuses on Main Street to Union Street, has been submitted for funding for 2014.

The village will apply for one phase per year so that the entire project should be completed by the end of 2018.