An organization of local merchants worked with the City of Collinsville staff to develop a plan for revitalizing the downtown area. In order to retain existing businesses and attract new business to the downtown area, the City of Collinsville enlisted the help of Oates Associates to design a streetscape project for Main Street. Oates completed design of Phases I and II and are currently designing Phase III.
Phase III will continue the improvements started in Phases I and II by improving pedestrian access along Center Street from West Main Street to Church Street and along Church Street from Clinton Street to IL Route 159 (Morrison Avenue). The sidewalks and handicap ramps along Center and Church Street fail to meet ADA standards. The Collinsville City Hall and the Post Office, located along Center Street, generates heavy foot traffic in the area and receive a high number of disabled pedestrians and motorists. Therefore, handicap parking places will be designated for on-street parking and ADA complaint handicap rams with detectable warning panels will be installed.
Streetscape improvements and landscaping are needed to create edge definition and soften the view. The pedestrian lights and street trees will beautify the area, which will encourage the current revitalization of the Uptown Business District as well as provide environmental benefits. Grass, decorative brick pavers, flowers and other plantings will be incorporated around City Hall to enhance the aesthetics of this historic structure.
Upon completion of Phase III, a pedestrian will be able to travel from the Collinsville City Hall and the Post Office to the public library, Collinsville police department, Collinsville fire station, MCT bus center and the Uptown Business District.