WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta has earned a state grant to turn the area behind West Auglaize Street by the Auglaize River from a massive chunk of concrete into an inviting venue.
The Riverscape Project will include a defined street by the river as well as green space with landscaping and a gazebo for city events and general use.
“It’s a $2 million beatification project which will, when it’s done, will have a brand new street behind town,” said Mayor Tom Stinebaugh. “Right now we just have, basically, it’s like a huge parking lot.”
There are also plans to make improvements to Belcher Park as part of the Riverscape Project, including adding more trees and a walking path, he said.
Stinebaugh said the state is going to cover 95 percent of costs, leaving the city responsible for $100,000. The city will have engineering costs to pay and will do so over a three-year period, he said.
“On our end it’s a very inexpensive project for what we’re getting,” he said.
The Riverscape Project construction will not begin until July 2019 and is estimated to be completed in May 2020, Stinebaugh said.
The city has also received a state road grant. County Road 25A will be repaved and have new storm sewers installed. The county will be handling the project, which will be from U.S. 33 to Wapak city limits.
“That’s really needed,” Stinebaugh said. “That’s one of the worst stretches of road, probably the worst stretch of road, coming into town.”
In August, the city will begin using tax levy money to start repaving eight streets. Defiance Street is the first on the list. Next year, the state will repave the entire street through town since it’s state Route 501/198.
“We’ve got all kinds of stuff going on,” Stinebaugh said.
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