Englewood's Dearborn projects still moving forward
By STEVE REILLY Staff Writer
Published in the Englewood Sun
Aug 22, 2020 Updated Aug 22, 2020
ENGLEWOOD — Englewood projects are moving forward, even though the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board has been on a health hiatus due to COVID-19 for months.
Sarasota County commissioners suspended advisory board meetings until further notice due to the health crisis, but a $7 million redesign project for West Dearborn Street is still in the works.
“Things are still moving forward,” said Debbie Marks, the county’s Community Redevelopment manager. Behind the scenes, she said, county staff has been working to bring projects to fruition.
Consulting Kimley-Horn engineers completed a new design for West Dearborn renovation that includes decorative crosswalk pavers, streetlights, landscaping, pedestrian and other streetscaping amenities.
Old Englewood Village Association
Olde Englewood Ideas
Published in The Englewood Review
by Todd Tracy
Over the Independence Day weekend, part of the news cycle included speeches from various public officials that touched on America’s founding ideas and their authors. Those ideas live on to this day. Why? Because it was the value of those ideas, and the willingness of the people to embrace and implement them, that secured their place in our nation’s history.
Thankfully, we are not building a nation anymore. But building a small community like Englewood, can be just as frustrating because it too depends on good ideas. The Dearborn Street area is slated for significant “improvements,” improvements to the tune of nine million dollars. The underlying justification for the project remains sound and during the public meetings participants were engaged, willing, even excited to move forward.