City adds sidewalks to cul-de-sac plan

Dozens of homeowners spoke for and against a plan to close off 24th Street and add cul-de-sacs in the Westchester area.

The cul-de-sacs are set to be built along the south side of 24th Street between Beech and B Streets possibly starting in the spring.

On Tuesday, city leaders agreed to add sidewalks to the plan that will comply with The American Disabilities Act essentially accommodating the handicapped.

However because of this, the turning radius will be significantly smaller and residents will not be allowed to park there.

Supporters of the plan say it will make the area safer and improve their quality of life.

The issue has split the otherwise peaceful neighborhood, causing a bitter battle. Vanessa Vangell belongs to a group of local Westchester residents who are against the project because it requires homeowners to donate part of their properties to the city. She says not only will the homeowners have to repair and replace damaged landscaping themselves, but taxpayers will be responsible for walls, water lines, upkeep and maintenance for years to come.

"Every time people put gas in their care unfortunate it has come to that,” said Vangell.

The project will be paid for by the city street maintenance and budget fund.


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