Greensboro unveils plans for Florida Street
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GREENSBORO -- Another major road project could be coming to Greensboro.
City leaders introduced plans that would extend Florida Street Monday night. They said the project could mean new development for the area.
"East Greensboro is the only place that we can have growth and development in the next 25 years because we've built out," said councilwoman T. Dianne Bellamy-Small.
Transportation officials said the goal is to provide better mobility for north-south connectivity in East Greensboro.
"There's a need in this area of McConnell Road and Lee Street. There are some other local streets that connect Lee Street and McConnell Road," said Greensboro transportation director Adam Fischer. "By building this connection, it gives the public in this area another way to get McConnell and Lee Street and not overcrowd those other streets right now."
The road would extend past the new Gateway Research Park. The city is already working with North Carolina A&T State to find ways to protect the university's farmland.
"We want to be good stewards with the city of Greensboro so we've looked at a way to access a very small portion of the farm but at the same realize their initiative," said Andrew Perkins, assistant vice chancellor of facilities.
Some people who live in the area are concerned with the increased traffic and potential crime. City leaders said the Florida Street extension project would only enhance the area and attract more development.
"What things look like now, there not going to look like that in 25 years and if we are talking about growth and development in East Greensboro and helping that along, it's up to the city leaders to try to make the best decisions they can to put that infrastructure in place," said Small.