CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A median with trees and green space, improved pedestrian crossings and parallel parking could all one day become reality on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City, under a local consulting firm's plan.
In addition, 50th Street could resemble more of a park setting with the addition of a "green spine" consisting of trees and landscaped space.
The plan, dubbed the "Kanawha City Corridor Study," was commissioned by the city of Charleston and was first publicly presented at the annual Kanawha City Community Association meeting Thursday night.
Charleston-based GAI Consultants created the plan based on a year's work of research, said David Gilmore, a land development services manager with GAI. GAI is the same consulting firm that developed a recently released plan to put bicycle lanes along Kanawha Boulevard West and assisted with Imagine Charleston.
For now, the plan is just that - a plan.
None of the ideas proposed are funded, Charleston Planning Director Dan Vriendt said. But, the plan will go before city council for approval, and if it passes, it can be used to apply for federal and state grants for the next decade or two.
"We can't make an application unless we have a plan," he said.
The MacCorkle Avenue and 50th Street improvements are all possible without the city obtaining any additional land.
Gilmore said the city-owned rights-of-way in Kanawha City are huge - 80 feet for Mac-Corkle Avenue and 100 feet for 50th Street. That means the city has great flexibility when considering improvements.
"It really frees us up to do a lot of interesting things," Gilmore said.