Blowing Rock Town Council Meeting Tuesday: 321 Landscaping Plan, Downtown Beautification Concepts
By Jesse Wood
The Blowing Rock Town Council will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Two agenda items are the U.S. 321 landscaping plan and conceptual designs for downtown Blowing Rock near the American Legion building.
The meeting will take place at Town Hall in downtown Blowing Rock. See the agenda and meeting packet here.
Kipp Turner of Maymead will provide his monthly update on the nearly-complete U.S. 321 widening project. The “town section” is all but finished, while the “mountain section,” from South 321 Business to Blackberry Road, still has the final layer of asphalt, a few retaining walls, fencing, guard rails and more to be complete. The final layer of asphalt, Turner said in September, will likely be put down next spring when temperatures are warmer.
The major agenda items that the Blowing Rock Town Council will address are the N.C. Department of Transportation’s landscaping plan for U.S. 321. Landscaping isn’t actually part of the contract for the U.S. 321 widening project. Blowing Rock Town Manager Ed Evans showed those in attendance at last month’s State of the Town meeting a preview of the design. See attached photo of slideshow.
The council will also consider the approval of a conceptual design to beautify and address safety concerns of the green space behind the American Legion building and connectors to the Broyhill Park and other adjacent areas.
The design comes from a team of students from Virginia Tech and was funded through a N.C. Forestry Service grant that the town received in April 2017. See the designs below.