A place to call homeSuperior’s downtown isn’t just a place of commerce. For some, it’s the place they call home.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Superior’s downtown isn’t just a place of commerce.
For some, it’s the place they call home.
And from that perspective, plans to renovate Tower Avenue are expected to create a more welcoming neighborhood.
“There is going to be a lot of inconvenience to tenants,” said Terri Miles, who manages the New York Apartments. “We have a wonderful group of people here who have made this into a community.”
To keep tenants informed about the project, Miles has arranged meetings with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The goal behind meeting was to provide information that would help alleviate problems that can occur in a construction project that is expected to close the street and make front doors inaccessible for the next few months.
“We, of course, have our rear entrance so our tenants will have access that way,” Miles said.
Despite the inconvenience; however, Miles said plans to reconstruct Tower Avenue from Belknap Street to North Third Street is beneficial in the long run.
“Because this is a home now … it’s just going to be more pedestrian friendly,” Miles said. “It’s really going to beautify the downtown and I’m really looking forward to that.”
Plans for the project include replacing a combined sewer system with one that conveys storm and sanitary water in separated systems, replaces sidewalks, nearly 100-year-old roads and existing lighting, and enhances pedestrian safety through design features that will make it safer to cross the broad roadway.
Plans for the project include making Superior’s downtown greener with more trees and shrubs to enhance the district aesthetically.
“I know it’s going to be difficult, but we all know that time goes by so quickly, the project is one summer,” Miles said. “I think in the end it will be so worth it.”