Published 12:00 am Friday, December 20, 2002
Those involved in the East Washington Street revitalization project will do well to prove T.C. Williams wrong.
In a statement regarding the plan, the civic league president and Suffolk City Council watchdog said: &uot;I have not been convinced that it is going to happen. I’m a skeptic.&uot;
This observation was made even after witnessing the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday- an event that signals the beginning of a 10-year facelift for an area of Suffolk long overdue for renovation.
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In its heyday, the designated area was appropriately referred to as the Fairgrounds, which indicates the level of commercial traffic and community interaction that took place. Appropriately, the initiative has been called the Fairgrounds Revitalization Plan.
Upgrading roads, correcting street congestion, installing new lighting, putting wiring underground, tearing down decrepit buildings or renovating reusable ones are major features of this $3.4 million project.
One sign that the city is serious about the matter can be found in the nearly completed police precinct being constructed at East Washington and Pinner streets; another is the intended conversion of the Phoenix Bank into a black history museum; and third, the city has allocated funding throughout 2013.
So in regard to Williams’ skepticism, we again urge all involved to make this project a reality, and not just a pretty blueprint. Even he would be glad to be proven wrong in this instance.