Other benefits to choosing Pershing are that the road between Eighth Avenue North and 16th Avenue North would receive a new sidewalk as well as ADA ramps. Saving trees was the only positive Craft found with opting for Roosevelt, with the negatives including a three to four month street closure. Since the city recently reconstructed the road, Craft estimated another Roosevelt update would take place "30 years ahead of schedule."
The commission resolved to send the matter to the April 22 Committee of the Whole meeting.
“I want to see what (the residents’) feelings are on this before I decide,” Councilman Ed O’Neill said.
The project is part of a three-year timetable for upgrading the 20th Avenue Pump Station, slated to begin July 1. Cost estimates are between $1.23 million and $1.4 million. The city could save $170,000 if it chooses Pershing Boulevard.