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City renaming some streets, more discussion called for one

City Council is working closely with Lycoming College officials on naming and renaming streets linked to the college’s gateway building and new southern entrance.

Council spent several minutes before concluding that, to allow the college to keep its address of 700 College Place while moving into the new Krapf Center, which is on Franklin Street, “College Place” will be renamed “Warrior Way.”

The street is vacated, not a through street with traffic, and runs between Washington Boulevard and a cul de sac on campus.

Councilman Joel Henderson said that could enable the city to name the created private drive off of Franklin Street leading to the new gateway building to “College Place.”

But when it came to the college’s request to rename a portion of the realigned Franklin Street to be called Lycoming College Boulevard, council balked.

“We need to have a larger discussion,” Councilman Derek Slaughter said. “We have a conversation with the college to do it, don’t do it or do an honorary (street),” he said.

Councilwoman Bonnie Katz, chair of public works, said not only would the proper name of the street and its location serve the college but this also doubles as a new entrance to the city and the downtown.

Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and parks, went so far as to suggest the name proposed by the college might as well run from Interstate 180 north to Grampian Boulevard.

As part of the college’s proposed grand entrance, the street is getting realigned to meet with Basin Street, which is going to be two way and have a boulevard appearance.

The name-change decision was delayed or “tabled” while the discussion continues between the college and the city.

In other news, council took a leap toward the construction of a new all-inclusive playground at Memorial Park, the start of which could happen this year and be completed next year, according to Council President Randall J. Allison.

A $200,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program Grant was approved for the playground.

The grant will be enough to purchase playground equipment that is accessible under federal law.

Other action taken included:

* Adding about $27,000 into the capital projects budget for computer equipment and technology upgrades for council.

* Approving land development for a warehouse and 29 storage units at Water Tower Square, 1000 Commerce Park Drive.

* Allowing a certificate of appropriateness to be fowarded for APR Warehouse to attach exterior metal siding at 315 W. Third St.

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