But Huckelberry said the 12th Avenue Cultural and Culinary Corridor project amounts to little more than a cosmetic improvement along
"There are literally hundreds of roads throughout the county where we would love to put in sidewalks and underground utilities," Huckelberry said. "These needs are no different than anywhere in the county. You can say the same needs (exist) on
The proposed project includes improving sidewalks and driveways, installing artwork, and putting in trees and streetlights along the two-mile stretch between West Irvington and Drexel roads, which Huckelberry said doesn't offer a regionwide benefit.
"My first priority is to fix the roads and make them safe to travel on," Huckelberry said. "There are
With the right amount of investment, the 12th Avenue Corridor could transform into a cultural district on par with
And that would benefit everybody, she said. If the project gets derailed, plans to revitalize the area could evaporate, she said.
She questioned why Huckelberry singled out this project for exclusion.
"It's going through the public process, but Huckelberry insists on bringing this particular project down," Romero said. "Why doesn't he want to invest in the south side? Does he think residents don't deserve it because they don't pay enough in property taxes? He's refusing to invest in the south side. And that's a problem."
Huckelberry said no one's attempting to punish the south side. He said the county completed more than
It's just that facade upgrades such as the ones sought in this project should be funded by the city, he said.
Huckelberry said there's a finite amount of money available, which is why he also nixed
Time for a change
"I've had my business on this street for 20 years, and I've been paying property taxes for 20 years. And in those 20 years we haven't seen anyone come and fix the street or build a sidewalk," said
Galaz said Huckelberry fails to see the bigger picture in regard to
"I'm disappointed we have a county administrator who doesn't see the opportunity in developing an area with so much potential and that can be such a benefit for everyone," he said.
"People here are always trying to start something, try something new, but sometimes because of the negative impression and the lack of support for the area, people invest their money and in two, three months have to close down," Candelo said. "If the county doesn't help these people prosper, then things will continue to go down."
"It's a good economic development project, and it will benefit businesses in my district substantially," Elias said. "We might need to rework the project some to take care of some of the issues, but that doesn't mean it's a bad project. There are many bond projects that come to us that need to be worked on."
Huckelberry said the county's
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