[CORRECTION: This post was updated Aug. 7 to reflect corrections, in italics.] A pilot program will turn East Cherry Street into a pedestrian mall on weekends for the rest of the year, starting
next month. this fall.
Aug. 1 in September, East Cherry Street will close to vehicular traffic from 5 p.m. on Fridays until 9 a.m. on Mondays. City Council unanimously approved a resolution (AR-162) on Monday night that makes the changes in effect until Dec. 29.
City Administrator Cherron Rountree said the city will monitor the pilot and make changes if necessary, or even end it if it doesn’t work out. Temporary concrete planters likely will be used to block off the two ends of East Cherry Street at Main and Irving streets, she added. While the resolution allows for closing to vehicular traffic as of Aug. 1, Rountree said the city isn’t yet ready to roll out the pilot program until sometime in September.
City Council also approved a resolution (AR-160) that will close Irving Street between East Milton Avenue and Cherry street and Lewis Street between Irving and Main streets for an East Coast/West Coast Craft Beer & Band Festival. The event, to benefit the Union County Performing Arts Center, will be Sept. 13 (rain date Sept. 14) from noon to 8 p.m.