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Progress continues on Tryon Streetscape projects

The intersection of New Market Road and S. Trade St. in Tryon has been reconfigured and landscaped as part of the Streetscape project. (photo submitted by Meg Rogers)

Tryon’s Streetscape is under way again, and many individuals and groups have participated to make these downtown infrastructure upgrades possible. The phase-one construction project to reconfigure the intersection at the southern gateway into Tryon was completed recently by Trace and Company at New Market and South Trade Streets.
Landscaping of the area to Mark Byington’s planting scheme has also been accomplished by Thompson’s Landscaping, with funding participation by Stuart Evan’s Art in Bloom Artscapes group, including the Tryon Fine Arts Center and several Tryon area garden clubs.
Project Manager Crys Armbrust said, “The present upgrades are part and parcel of the Tryon Streetscape Master Plan by Milone and MacBroom, which Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA) commissioned in 2001, and which acts as the guiding template for all architectural and infrastructure improvements in Tryon’s historic Central Business District (CBD). The then $96,000 Streetscape Master Plan was funded solely through generous tax-deductible donations to TDDA by local Tryon residents.”
The complete master plan document may be viewed on TDDA’s website on the “Design” page at www.downtowntryon.org.
Future construction projects beginning within the next several weeks include:
• Sidewalks from the New Market construction to Bill’s Jewelry
• McCown Street upgrades, redesignating McCown Street as a one-way street with northbound traffic, will significantly increase parking with angled parking spaces and include another landscaped space.
“General funding for all of the present projects has been accomplished by leveraging funds from many sources,” Armbrust said, “including the Polk County Community Foundation’s Mary F. Kessler Fund, the Town of Tryon, the TDDA and the above-mentioned Art in Bloom Artscapes – demonstrating how together we can accomplish much.”
For more information about how you can participate in upcoming phases of the Streetscape implementation, contact the Town of Tryon or TDDA.
– article submitted
by Crys Armbrust