As Beacon Center is Completed, Committee Suggests New Four-Way Stop on Trinity Place

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 8.04.09 AM

Work on the Beacon Municipal Center is almost complete.

Late last week, the city announced that the official dedication of the complex would take place on Saturday, May 16th.  Related – the City Commission has a final change order for the project on its desk for tonight’s city commission meeting.  (The final project budget is projected at $38,500,000, according to Asst. City Manager David Junger’s note to the commission.

Also on the City Commission’s docket this evening is an item submitted by the city’s Traffic Calming Committee to add a four-way stop close by at the intersection of West Trinity Place and Electric Avenue.  Currently, it’s a two-way stop with stop signs on Electric, but not on Trinity.

According to a note submitted to the Commission from the Traffic Calming Committee to David Junger, the request was initiated by committee member Cheryl Burnette, however City Schools of Decatur employees have also voiced “their concerns of safety when crossing this intersection.”

With the official opening of the Beacon Center, the committee anticipates continually increasing traffic.  Additionally, there is a concern about general visibility at that intersection. The note states that “Due to the close proximity of buildings to the intersection and on street parking, it can be difficult to see oncoming traffic without moving past the stop bar and into the intersection.”.

A field evaluation deemed that the request was “urgent due to the high volume of traffic, limited visibility, and proximity to major activity centers.”

If approved, the signs will be bagged for a week before being unveiled.

The city has long prepped Trinity to become a second Ponce de Leon Ave.  The bike lane in the pic above is just one example.  That happened back in 2010. Expect more little tweaks to the urban environment on Trinity in the coming years as Callaway and the DHA property at Commerce and Trinity is built up.

Photo courtesy of Google Streetview

Beacon Municipal Center Groundbreaking Next Tuesday

The City of Decatur’s Linda Harris sends along this announcement from The Decatur Minute

The community is invited to the groundbreaking of the Beacon Municipal Center on Tuesday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. (Meet at the Atlanta Avenue construction entrance).

The Beacon Municipal Center will house a new police department building, the renovated Ebster gym and Active Living center and the Central Office for City Schools of Decatur. The $38 million budget also includes a new stormwater management facility under Ebster field.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late spring of 2014.

Demolition already seems to be underway.  Patch has a couple of pics of the teardown of the old Police Department section of the Beacon Hill complex on its site today.