Farmington council holds special meeting for Oakland project

Farmington city council members will hold a special meeting on January 29 to learn more about the proposed reconstruction of Oakland Street, between Grand River and Farmington Road.

Oakland Street

Earlier this month, officials put the brakes on a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) plan to add 16-18 parking spaces, new sidewalks, take down utility poles and bury lines, make Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements at Grand River/Liberty Street and the public parking lot at Oakland and Farmington Road.

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Those items, along with streetscaping to improve the downtown “gateway” at Liberty and Grand River, bumped the cost to an estimated $660,000. The original cost of repaving the road and making utility improvements was around $266,000, with the two entities splitting costs.

An agenda packet for the 6 p.m. meeting, with detailed drawings of the project, is posted at


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