The following was among actions taken at the July 27 meeting of the Falls Church City Council. For more information, call 241-5003.
STREETSCAPE HEARING -- The council held a public hearing on the latest version of the "Streetscape Plan for West Broad Street," a citizens advisory group's proposal outlining improvements to a mile-long stretch of Broad Street (Rte. 7).
The plan calls for extensive landscaping, including planting more than 500 trees, and includes recommendations to widen sidewalks, rebuild them partly in brick, replace traffic lights, add crosswalks, and install new benches and trash cans.
Several citizens urged council members to approve a planning commission recommendation to hire a professional landscape architecture firm to oversee implementation of such improvements.
Charlie Moore, a member of the group that came up with the proposal, said that to redesign the main street of Falls Church is a "vast and potentially noble task" that requires the assistance of professionals.
The proposed streetscape improvements are part of a $16 million plan to reconstruct the portion of Broad Street between Haycock Road and Fairfax Street that the city and Virginia Department of Transportation have agreed to rebuild together. The proposal was submitted to the city last December by an eight-member citizens' group, which was appointed by the council in 1985 to find ways to improve the appearance of the road and sidewalks.
The council is expected to adopt a streetscape plan Aug. 10.
City planners said Broad Street reconstruction could begin in late 1988 and be completed by 1992.