Cedar Park plans to revitalize Bell Boulevard

After community improvement surveys, Cedar Park officials are ready to reveal possible changes to Bell Blvd.

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — After months of feedback, the City of Cedar Park is set to unveil some possible alternatives for Bell Boulevard, the main corridor through town. About 22 people attended the last public input meeting in January through which the community has said they want to see some changes, including an economically vibrant corridor and a place that plays up natural assets and feels like uniquely Cedar Park. Neighbors also expressed a desire to have more opportunities to shop, dine, live and work in the area and for Bell Boulevard to be a destination of choice for existing and new businesses.

Maintaining mobility along the corridor is also a critical goal. Some even want to see more modes of transportation.

“It would be nice if they let the bus system come through here, get some bus stops through here. That might ease the traffic a little,” said neighbor Lee Howard.

Cedar Park city officials have listened to the community’s desires and plan on presenting three early versions of possible ways Bell could be reconfigured. The city could leave Bell Boulevard similar to as it is, with an assortment of crowded businesses. It could move the roadway further east from businesses, creating more space to the west for redevelopment. A third option would be to split the boulevard into two one-way streets.

Tuesday’s workshop schedule consists of a walk-through tour from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and a review session from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The city will feature displays and unveil some alternatives for what Bell Boulevard could look and feel like. Neighbors, business owners, employees and managers are invited to the workshop at 200 South Bell Boulevard in the former Ace Hardware Store.

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