SPARTANBURG — The city’s Wall Street that connects West Main and West Broad streets and was transformed into a pedestrian walkway in 2013 is getting upgrades with new lighting and seating.
City Public Works Department employees planted four Silva trees with frames underground to reduce soil compaction. The frames will allow the trees to grow faster.
New bricks were added around the trees. New lighting will be installed this week and a new curb will be added on the West Broad Street side of Wall Street. The total cost of the project’s first phase will be $20,000.
“They are putting the trees in now and should be done (Jan. 13),” George said. “When the street was redone in 2013, at that time there was always an option to reopen it and use it for cars. We are closing the street permanently and making it a pedestrian-centric kind of place.”
George said additional lighting might be added with new seating sometime in the spring.
The changes at Wall Street could serve as an example of how connecting Morgan Square might be redesigned, he said. Several businesses that front Wall Street include Ali Baba Restaurant, The SamMitch Shop and the Health in Hand.
The city launched a survey to receive public feedback on the Morgan Square redesign process. More information about the redesign process can be viewed at morgansquare.com. George said the first public input session on the Morgan Square redesign process will be held in February.
A portion of West Main Street near the square has been closed to traffic since May 2020.
City Council had decided Aug. 8 to keep the street closed to vehicles through at least August 2024 while the city works through a redesign process.