Lyon DDA sidewalk project gets underway

Pending rain showers didn’t stop Lyon Township contractor, Goretski Construction last Thursday from pouring new concrete sidewalks throughout the Township’s primary business district- New Hudson.  

“The Lyon Township DDA is constructing approximately a mile of new and replacement sidewalk along Grand River and Milford Road, at the five-points intersection, and near and along Lyon Center Dr E and New Hudson Dr W”, stated DDA Chairman, Jay Howie.  

According to Lyon Township Supervisor, Lannie Young, “the Lyon Township Downtown Development Authority was created in 1999 to develop and implement public improvements and revitalize the township’s economy.”

Using tax increment financing (TIF), the Lyon Township DDA developed a Streetscape Plan, part of a multi-year endeavor that calls for the reconstruction of Grand River Avenue with curb and gutter, on-street parking, bikes lanes, sidewalks, street trees, decorative street lighting and other amenities.  

“These improvements have been and will continue to be implemented over the next few years, as funding becomes available, ” continued Young.

The Lyon Township DDA has completed other public improvement projects in recent years, including three new roundabouts, and two segments of the ring road, Lyon Center Drive E, between the Huron Valley Trail and Grand River Avenue, and New Hudson Drive W, between Milford Road and Pontiac Trail.

“These new sidewalks will fill-in missing sections in the Township’s core downtown district of New Hudson, and pave the way for more pedestiran activity,” stated Howie.

About the Lyon Township DDA
The Lyon Downtown Development Authority was established in 1999 to reverse the pattern of deterioration in New Hudson, and to plan for and implement public improvements that are considered necessary for future economic growth of Lyon Township’s primary business district. 
 
In 2009 the Lyon Township DDA, together with residents, business and property owners, and community stakeholders developed a plan to create a walkable downtown oriented around the five-point intersection at Grand River Avenue, Pontiac Trail and Milford Road. 
 
A combination of high density and mixed-use residential and commercial developments are planned to compliment New Hudson’s historic settlement pattern and existing civic uses, such as Dolsen Elementary School and the New Hudson Post Office.   The Plan, when implemented, will capitalize on recreational amenities, such as Lyon Township’s own, James F. Atchison Park, the Huron Valley Trail, Lyon Oaks County Park, and Kensington Metro Park.