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New master plan for Centennial Hill unveiled

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - City planners hope big changes will come to the Centennial Hill neighborhood.  They unveiled a master plan for the neighborhood Friday after gathering community input for almost a week.

The Centennial Hill master plan seeks to add shops, housing and more green space to the area It would also improve the infrastructure by freshening up streets and sidewalks, and moving power lines to alleys instead of the streets.  Many of the ideas for changes in the neighborhood came from residents themselves.

"Hopefully that if everything happens that we talked about, hopefully investors will come in and look at it as a part of the city to be in, so we're very excited about it," said Donald Jenkins, president of the Centennial Hill Neighborhood Association.

"I think it would make that area a go to area.  There was talk of a park on the corner of High Street and South Jackson Street," said Shirley Cherry, tour director of the Dexter Parsonage Museum, which is in the study area.  "That would be a wonderful place for people who just wanted to be in the neighborhood, take a trolley, take the bus."

Some of the most dramatic changes will happen along High Street.  If the plan is implemented, there could more than 400 households added along the street, and another 700 in the streets just off of it, and another 60,000 square feet of office space.

If approved, the city plans to start on some of the ideas, including the renovation of Oak Park, within the next year. 

"We want to have expectations, but we want to make sure we manage those expectations, by putting a one year plan in place, a five year plan in place, a 10 year plan in pace and you have that accountability, so you can always look back and make sure you made those goals," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.

City planners will spend the next few weeks finishing a draft of the plan.  The final plan would have to be approved by the City Planning Commission.


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