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Latest on the West Fairview Ave. Improvement project

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It's been a long process, but Montgomery leaders are getting ready for major changes to the city's West Fairview Avenue.

From Court Street to Interstate 65, officials look to make some much needed improvements.

A West Fairview Avenue Improvement sign has been sitting on the sidewalk of West Fairview Avenue for about a year now. Many residents, business owners and patrons near the sign want to know when they will actually see improvements.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says all the engineering work is being done and the city has reserved the money to start the project hopefully by the first part of next year.

Strange says sidewalks, repaving, landscaping and beautification are part of the plans.

"I just think they need to spruce it up some because this is a main part of Montgomery and a lot of people do a lot of shopping. It's a lot of areas on Fairview that I do shopping, Joe's for one; thriving businesses are coming up," said Montgomery resident Rhonda Webster.

It's all part of the city's West Fairview master plan, which includes several projects in the works like Genetta Park on Fairview Avenue near I-65.

This will be a park for residents to enjoy nature and environmental conservation.

"We're working with the developer right across the street to bring a comfort station, fast food as well as a service station there," Mayor Strange said.

Soon nearly 40 new homes will be built on an eight-acre housing development site on Edgar D. Nixon Avenue. It will be called Lanier Place.

"You know we tried the purchase. Two of them sold, one of them didn't. But this is an opportunity to get leasing in that particular area so the more people you get there, the more need for retail and other business," Strange said.

William Hanson has lived just a block over from Lanier Place for 37 years.

Hanson says renting out the new homes will bring the value down and he says most people in this area can't afford to buy the homes.

"I can't see it working. $100,000 for those houses, that's too much for those houses. The houses got to be bigger. They are too close together," Hanson said.

The city's urban and planning department says in the future the city has plans to convert South Court Street from I-85 to Fairview Avenue from a one way to a two way. There are also future plans for pedestrian crosswalk improvements, resurfacing and drainage upgrades from Fairview Avenue to the South Boulevard.

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