Lynchburg looking for public input on last phase of 5th Street corridor project

Final phase will begin in the fall

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Lynchburg city leaders need the public's input on a development project, so they are holding a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m.Monday night at the First Street Baptist Church in Lynchburg. 

For about eight years, the city has been working on redeveloping Fifth Street. In the fall, the final phase of the project will begin. The city will add new sidewalks and replace 100-year-old water pipes. The work, which may take up to 21 months, could lead to some road closures around Fifth and Polk streets. Store owners say they're concerned about the impact that it could have on their businesses.

"I understand the work needs to get done. To beautify the city is a great thing but they still need to make sure they look out for the businesses,” Tyeast Blanding, owner of Nubian City, said.

“We're working with them very closely to make sure that there are designated parking areas, that there's pedestrian access, that there are detour signs and that there's marketing campaigns. Whatever we can do to help them to make sure that their customers know how to get to them and they're not being affected by the project,” Jes Gearing, public relations coordinator for Lynchburg's Water Resources Department, said.

You can give your feedback at the  meeting tonight. To learn more about the project click here.