Alleyway Improvement Project

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Project Overview 

A key project in the Downtown 2020 Work Plan is to improve Access and Variety in the Downtown. Our project goal is to design improvements for downtown pedestrian alleyways that will address safety concerns, provide opportunities for place-making and expand wayfinding accommodations. Improvements will come in two phases:

  1. Amber Alley electrical trenching, concrete repairs and temporary signage; and
  2. Post Office Alley and Varsity Alley renovations including new public art, amenities and lighting.

Current Status

Amber Alley trenching and signage are being installed in December, 2017. The trenching will connect new lighting in the alley to Town-supplied power from the Wallace Deck and the signage will direct pedestrians from the Wallace Deck to Franklin Street and back through Amber Alley. Concrete repairs will be done to fix cracked areas.

The art signs were created by local Garner artist Frank Kreacic and come alive when viewed with 3D glasses. The Town welcomes input on the temporary art signage - please send to

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For the Post Office and Varsity Alleys, the Town is working with local landscape architecture firm Swanson & Associates to develop detailed drawings of the current alleyways to provide a general contractor when construction begins. Construction is anticipated to be in late spring or early summer, 2018. Click here for a pdf of the final design report that provides current conditions and design opportunities for the Post Office and Varsity Alley.

Public Meetings

Public input meetings were held in the fall of 2016 and winter 2017. Residents were invited to provide feedback on different design ideas. This input is being incorporated into the design drawings.


Post Office and Amber Alleys as they exist today.

This project is sponsored by the Town and is supported by the professional firm of  Swanson + Associates, P.A. For more information, contact Sarah Poulton ( or David Swanson (


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