BATAVIA — A public meeting on May 4 is meant to gather citizen and user input for the planned improvements at Jackson Square.

The meeting will be take place 5 p.m. outdoors in Jackson Square rain or shine, city officials said in a news release.

Eight transformational projects for Downtown Batavia were announced in October 2018 as part of $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Enhancing Jackson Square was one of the eight projects chosen to receive a $750,000 strategic investment grant to transform the space.

Jackson Square is a public gathering space bordered by historic buildings in the heart of downtown. City officials said it will be transformed with decorative pavement upgrades, a multi-level deck/stage, and seating, lighting, decorative signage.

The upgraded public plaza is expected become a lively hub and common space for community interaction, and provide connections to multiple businesses through its unique alleyway node configuration.

Architectural Resources, the architectural firm selected to design the projects, will be on hand to discuss the design elements and solicit feedback. After a final design concept is approved, the project will advance through the development of construction documents and bidding plans.

It’s anticipated construction will start this fall and Jackson Square will be ready to host entertainment venues in the spring of 2022.

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