Last May Mayor Jonathan Elmore suggested several possibilities, including connecting Parry Street and Washington Street. Both run east-west along the southern edge of the old Fenner Dunlop Mill site, now owned by Avila Real Estate, dead-ending about 200 yards before joining.
Elmore also mentioned extending Franklin St. (a brief lane between Center and Oak Streets) and also extending Center and Lake Street, north-south roads that both dead-end at the Avila site. A portion of Franklin is also being considered as a pedestrian-only path for a possible future development west of downtown.
“There will be linked streets in both directions making the city far more pedestrian friendly,” Patrick said. “I don’t’ know if the grid would align with [Avila’s future development]. Ideally there would be seamless connectivity throughout downtown.”