Contractors demolished the vacant laundromat at 30 Main Street in Uptown Centerville that sits behind Craig’s Barber Shop.
The City purchased the building in late August as an important component in the overall strategy to improve parking and connectivity to the businesses in Uptown.
After demolition, the City will work to create a connection between the City-owned lot that serves City Barbeque and Graeter’s and a lot it leases from Cross Point Church. This connection will include a landscaped pedestrian walkway. The map in the Dropbox link illustrates how the current laundromat building impedes traffic flow.
“We have had a very positive response to the City’s decision to acquire the laundromat site for public purpose. People who live in, work and visit Uptown will benefit from this investment to enhance the area,” Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton said.
Improvements to public parking and pedestrian walkability were identified as priorities during the Uptown Visioning Process, which was organized by the City in early 2019 and included input from neighboring political entities, residents and businesses. The results of the visioning process were incorporated into the Uptown Action Plan, which City Council approved as an amendment to the City’s “Create the Vision” comprehensive plan.
The Uptown Action Plan highlights six focus areas the City will prioritize to advance the vision for Uptown Centerville and provides a series of short-, medium- and long-term strategies. They include:
- Improve walkability and reduce traffic congestion
- Improve parking
- Schedule and organize new events
- Focus on business development
- Develop branding
- Increase greenspace
About Uptown Centerville
With an eclectic mix of businesses and residential neighborhoods, Uptown Centerville consists of approximately 90 businesses ranging from boutiques and salons to restaurants and professional services and residents.
Uptown Vision Statement
“Uptown Centerville is a vibrant district at the heart of our community. Uptown is a welcoming, walkable destination that is home to our history and a friendly gathering place where local businesses thrive.”