13 Apr

The Importance of the University Avenue Redesign

There is, perhaps not a more major decision that will come before the Windsor Heights City Council than the report and expected vote on the proposed redesign of University Avenue. For decades the city has struggled with poor public relations that has branded the centrally located community as a “speed trap”. That is a disaster for our locally owned businesses.

If you live or work in Windsor Heights you know what is coming the moment you mention the city name. “Oh there! I avoid Windsor Heights like the plague!” or “Windsor Heights is the place I and my friends won’t go, it’s nothing but a speed trap.” While it is true that people going 11 miles an hour over the posted 25 MPH speed limit are breaking the law there is a real psychological reason as to why they speed. (Image is NOT a representation of the current design but is used as an example)

Experts from across the United States have looked at University Avenue, and it’s four lanes of traffic plus a turning lane and tell us it is a road designed to move vehicles as fast as possible through the city and that, “Clearly the road was built for speeds of 40 or even 45 miles an hour. So, when traveling down the highway you are encouraged to speed because it looks and feels like you can.”

In other words nothing will change in Windsor Heights until we change University Avenue and reclaim a Main Street for our community.

That is why the Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce is on record for approval of the Three Lane Concept that will be put before the City Council on 16 April. We have been involved, from the beginning, and we believe the Three Lane Concept will:

  • Promote economic development by offering new opportunities for commercial and residential living;
  • Erase the negative public relations of “radar heights” because we’ve fixed the culprit;
  • Open up new commercial tax opportunities; thereby reducing the property tax burden on our homeowners;
  • Promote safety by creating an atmosphere of controlled speed and driving;
  • Open up the area for additional modes of transportation;

We can, if we are bold, create a destination community that will benefit our residents our existing businesses and those who have not yet discovered how great it is to live, work and do business in Windsor Heights.

If you want to have that discussion feel free to call us: 515-331-3207

 

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