Business 51 Development in Stevens Point Reaches Milestone

Controversial Redesign of Stevens Point’s Business 51 Corridor: Progress and Concerns from Community and Business Owners

The City of Stevens Point has made significant progress in its redesign of the Business 51 corridor, completing 30% of the design plan. This plan has stirred controversy among residents and business owners. An open house held at Pacelli High School attracted over 25 attendees, including Cole Racine, owner of Belt’s Soft Serve located off Business 51. Racine noted an improvement in community involvement this time around compared to a previous plan in 2012 that was not well-received by the business community.

However, despite efforts to gather input from property owners, concerns remain among business owners about potential negative impacts on their establishments. With the proposed reduction of lanes, there are worries about compromised access to businesses. Mayor Mike Wiza acknowledged these concerns but emphasized the safety benefits of reducing lanes to prevent erratic lane changes.

The current plan proposes transitioning from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction with an additional turning lane. Studies have shown that this design can improve safety by reducing lane-changing maneuvers. However, details like driveway locations and raised medians are still open to adjustment based on feedback.

Wiza underscored the importance of community input in shaping the corridor redesign. While the recent open house may be the last public viewing before the next council approval, stakeholders are encouraged to share their thoughts by reaching out to city officials or local alderpersons. Community feedback will play a crucial role in finalizing the corridor redesign plan.

In summary, while progress has been made in redesigning Stevens Point’s Business 51 corridor, concerns remain among business owners regarding potential negative impacts on their establishments due to reduced lanes and driveway locations and raised medians yet unspecified details are still subject to change based on feedback from stakeholders who play a crucial role in finalizing the corridor redesign plan through public meetings and communication with city officials or local alderpersons

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