Old town Winter Park gets updates amid citizen concern
WINTER PARK — The old town neighborhood of Winter Park is getting some new updates this summer thanks to a town improvement project.
The project includes updating the old bus shelter, installing new streetlights and updating street signs. Construction of the new bus shelter has already started and the new light poles are on order, according to community development director James Shockey.
The old town area bus shelter will be a unique design featuring lighting in the waiting area and glass walls so that bus drivers can see people waiting at the stop and vice versa.
“If you see our bus shelters in downtown, that’s what we had up there, so there was no lighting in it, it’s just kind of dark and certainly not as friendly as this one will be,” Shockey said. “I think once it gets finished people will be excited when they show up and see that versus what we had in the past.”
Shockey said the project is scheduled to be finished by the end of September. The improvements come after residents of the old town area presented concerns about the older amenities to the town.
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“We had a group of citizens in 2013-14 that came to the town and said we’d like to do some improvements to old town,” Shockey said. “So we did a master plan for old town that described what’s there and what we’d like to see to upgrade it and bring some amenities from downtown into that old town neighborhood.”
Overall, Shockey said he hopes the project will contribute to making the area safer and address residents’ concerns.
“The street lighting will particularly help, especially in the winter time when it’s a pretty dark place,” he said. “Hopefully (the project) will provide a little bit more of a public safety aspect with the lighting and just freshen up Winter Park Drive.”
Shockey said there are currently no other planned improvements, but that the town will continue to look at the area for upgrades, like better sidewalks or improving the intersection of Old Town Drive and Winter Park Drive.
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