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What's the future of Highway 84 East in Dothan?

Updated: May. 22, 2018 at 1:28 PM CDT
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The city of Dothan continues to progress in looking at ways to update the Highway 84 East...
The city of Dothan continues to progress in looking at ways to update the Highway 84 East Corridor (Source: WSFA 12 News)

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The city of Dothan continues to progress in looking at ways to update the Highway 84 East Corridor. Tuesday, the community got a chance to look at some of the ideas consultants have come up with for development.

The city is looking to develop the 4 ½ mile stretch on Highway 84 from downtown Dothan to the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM). Consultants are looking at ways to improve land use and road configuration.

The idea is to divide Highway 84 into three main districts: the Downtown District, the Wellness District located around Southeast Alabama Medical Center and the College District located around the ACOM campus.

Within each district, consultants looked at ways to develop the area.

For example, with downtown Dothan, they recommended adding a hotel and bringing business to fill vacant lots. They also recommended continuing to expand the work that's been done to develop Foster Street.

"Foster Street has great lighting and landscaping continuing that downtown," said Jason Ficht, Consultant.

Ideas for the Wellness District include adding a neighborhood and promoting healthy living by creating walkable streets and parks.

For the College District, consultants explored the idea of creating that unique college town feel by adding things like a coffee shop.

This is the third community meeting and consultants are looking for feedback to help shape the design for the future of Dothan, "All of these changes they may take years or even decades, for some of these things to come to fruition. But it sets the course for this change to happen incrementally," said Ficht.

During the next community meeting, consultants plan to talk more with the community and city leaders about funding and the best starting point for a project of this size. That next community meeting has not been set. Check back for details.

The city is working with the consultant firm Design Workshop on the project.

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