MORE TO DO DOWNTOWN
"Phase Three" of Hendersonville’s Main Street restoration project likely will NOT be completely finished until just before this year’s North Carolina Apple Festival in late August.
The original completion date for the project was the middle of May…but Hendersonville City Engineer Brent Detwiler told WHKP News this week that due to changes and additions to the project made by city council and some prolonged periods of very wet weather, completion has been unavoidably delayed.
Detwiler said that additions to the project made by city council, since the actual project started early in the new year, had resulted over two months, 63 days to be exact, of extra work. He also pointed out that in addiion to that, the unusually rainy weather throughout the spring had delayed the project’s contractor, Trace and Company, by about 4 weeks.
The original goal had been to complete "Phase Three" by the start of the tourist season.
The good news is, says Detwiler, the remaining work is mostly all in the 600 and 700 blocks at the upper end of Main Street…so the impact on tourism, he saud, "…should be minimal."
As part of "Phase Three", the city has been doing some work on the Skyland Hotel building to make its appearance more compatible with the upgrades on the street itself. Detwiler said the work on the hotel is being completed this week.
Two big aspects of the project remain to be done…and they include a new water line on Main Street and power lines by Duke Energy.
The city is also in the process of completing work on the "Mountain Fountain" public art in First Citizen’s Plaza on the northwest corner of 6th Avenue and Main Street.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman
Updated 6/5/13 8am