The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 31, 2013

Watsontown residents invited to share ideas on riverfront gateway

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— WATSONTOWN — Residents of Watsontown will have an opportunity to  share their ideas for the redesign of the borough’s riverfront gateway area and give opinions on the plans on the project, which will be formally presented to borough council in September, according to Mayor David Hontz.

The targeted area is the Riverfront Gateway Park along Canal Street and the West Brimmer Avenue streetscape, with the borough applying for a $5,000 grant from the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, Hontz said.

A public meeting to discuss the improvements is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the borough building. The borough hopes to create an inviting and welcoming area, Hontz said.

“There really is a lack of greenery and the lighting is really generic,” Hontz said, of the riverfront entrance to town near the bridge. “What the planner has in mind for that part of the project is to try to make it greener, reaching out and inviting your eye into our downtown area.”

The borough is also taking suggestions for improving parking area near some popular downtown businesses, Hontz said.

“(The planner) is going to present some options that he’s come up with and hopefully we’ll get some feedback from people,” Hontz said.

The mayor hopes final plans for the area can be presented to the borough council in September. Council will then examine project costs and decide which phases of the project to pursue, Hontz said.