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Furrows Developer Tells Douglas Officials He's Willing To Discuss Building A Sidewalk Fronting Development; Not Willing To Foot Bill For Boardwalk

Tom Clement, the developer for The Furrows, the 31-unit condo on Wiley Street in the City of Douglas, said he is willing to work something out with the city to build a sidewalk fronting his development.

However, that collaboration would not include the boardwalk, a necessary feature because there is a section on the sidewalk’s proposed path where the land slopes down.

City officials say engineers’ initial rough cost estimate of the boardwalk is $190,000.

The estimated figure for a complete sidewalk at the site’s 670 feet fronting Wiley Street is $290,000, recently indicated Douglas Zoning Administrator Lisa Imus.

City officials and the developer are currently working out a planned unit development (PUD) agreement that would lay out who would be responsible for what. Clement said he would take care of the grading, cutting, fill and paving of the sidewalk and the city could take care of the boardwalk.

“We will be doing it (the sidewalk project) at the time of the development construction when the private roads go in,” Clement told the Douglas City Council.

The city recently approved Clement’s condo project and asked him about constructing a sidewalk as part of public benefit component inherent in a PUD; he left the option open.

The project is part and parcel of the city’s long-goal vision of constructing a bike path along that Wiley stretch from Schultz Park to the Blue Star Highway, a project that would entail more costs beyond the $290,000 estimate.

In other City of Douglas business, the Douglas Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Committee is mulling over whether or not the Douglas Summer Socials—which take place every Thursday night during the summer season and features local food and music—would be better managed by the Parks and Recreation department rather than the DDA itself.

The issue was recently discussed at the Douglas City Council meeting, with some city officials pointing out that the Douglas Socials are still very much within the realm of what the DDA ought to be focused on: events that provide an opportunity for community outreach and also attract visitors to Douglas.

It was also pointed out that there is one slight problem with the proposal: “We really don’t have a Parks and Rec specific to Douglas,” commented Douglas City Council Member Lisa Greenwood.

Furrows Developer Tells Douglas Officials He’s Willing To Discuss Building A Sidewalk Fronting Development; Not Willing To Foot Bill For Boardwalk

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