Eureka Road Improvement Program
2018 moving forward
An improved Southland Center, featuring Cinemark Southland Center & XD. An all-new Trader’s Pointe, featuring Menards and eventually a 100,000-square-foot BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse Club. Wahlburgers. Primanti Bros. La-Z-Boy. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Bubba’s 33. A new four-story Hilton Home 2 Suites.
Those are just a few of the ongoing business improvements along one of Michigan’s busiest development corridors. To keep pace, the City of Taylor, its Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) and Wayne County plan major enhancements as part of the Eureka Road Corridor Improvement Plan.
The project’s scope focuses on the two-mile stretch of Eureka between Telegraph and Allen roads. It calls for improved safety for both motorists and pedestrians; enhanced entranceways at Telegraph and Allen roads; trees, plantings and walkway improvements; litter receptacles, benches and bus shelters; way-finding signage; non-motorized traffic connections; and, above all, enhanced design of storm water management, transforming the existing Frank & Poet Drain into a more effective and aesthetically pleasing system.
The Frank & Poet, which runs along Eureka Road from nearly Telegraph Road through the Southland Center property to points east, is both an eyesore and a flood-control problem. In some areas of the improvement plan, the open drain will be enclosed. In other portions, like directly in front of Southland Center, it will remain open, but will be refurbished and enhanced. These types of steps will not only help in flood-control issues, but will make the corridor much more attractive to walkers and non-motorized activity.
The Eureka Road Corridor Improvement Plan meshes well with the work currently underway to create the new Fletcher Discovery Trail. The trail will eventually connect the Midtown Goddard district to Heritage Park, Wayne County Community College District’s Downriver Campus, the new park to be created near Pardee and Superior, and finally the Eureka Road area.