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What do you think of the plans for West Walnut Street's future development?

Johnson City Press • Updated May 28, 2018 at 4:42 PM

In 20 years, West Walnut Street between East Tennessee State University and downtown Johnson City could look quite a bit different.

Consultants commissioned by the city to study the corridor envisioned residential and retail units replacing the industrial businesses on the street and a new park to help control stormwater. Some streets, including Cherokee and Ashe, could be extended, and the roadway could get new on-street parking or bicycle lanes.

City leaders have long stressed the importance of the link between the college and the city’s central business district, and have been planning to upgrade the street for years.

The plan presented earlier this month by consultants at Kimley-Horn represents years of work, and will take decades to bring to fruition.

Still, the city is soliciting feedback from the public to help shape the streetscape, and that’s where you come in.

What do you think of the plans for West Walnut Street’s future development?

Send your comments to [email protected]. Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification. Letters may be no longer than 300 words and will be edited for grammar, style and length.

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