AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Residents and tourists of Amarillo could soon see improvements to Polk Street as part of downtown revitalization efforts.
Director of Capital Projects and Development Engineering for the City of Amarillo, Kyle Schniederjan said right now they are currently in the design phase in the Polk Streetscape Project that will make improvements to Polk Street from 10th Street to 2nd Street.
“It will include pedestrian amenities, a frontage zone for the businesses as well as a vegetation zone where we will have some street trees and the ability for businesses to have specific vegetation in front of their business,” said Schniederjan.
Schniederjan said this project is about unifying that area and complementing improvements made by private business owners on Polk.
He added the City of Amarillo is capitalizing on the momentum they have from private development in that area.
“For me, it’s about unifying all of that area. we’ve had some great development with our private partners and private business owners in that area and so we are seeking to complement what they have achieved,” added Schniederjan.
Seth Quinn, general manager at Crush Wine Bar & Restaurant said any improvements on Polk is a good thing as it drives traffic to the area.
“I would say any kind of facelift to Amarillo’s downtown is going to help us in any way. Anytime there is an improvement we get more traffic from outside visitors, it is more inviting when a place looks better, said Quinn.
Quinn said it’s a mix of tourists and locals that visit the bar and restaurant.
“We get a lot of local people that already know about us. crush has been around for 13 years, so we do have that local traffic. but we do also get a lot of visitors. Monday nights specifically we have a lot of tourists coming in from everywhere. they stay at the Barfield, the Embassy, the Marriott. We get a lot of those people coming in and walking over and hanging out,” said Quinn.
Schniederjan added once they are finished with the design phase, they will present a construction contract to the Amarillo City Council at a later date.
Schniederjan said a lot of that construction will be focused from behind the curb to the front of businesses.