Phenix City is getting "Ready to Raft"

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  You may not see any construction taking place yet -- but Columbus and Phenix City are working behind the scenes to get "Ready to Raft" in 2012. And Tuesday the Phenix City Council took a huge step in that direction with a big monetary promise.

In order for the Chattahoochee Valley to get "Ready to Raft", there needs to be quite a bit of construction taking place on the banks, and that construction takes money.

"Phenix City is pledging half a million dollars towards this project with half a million dollars to be spent in Phenix City," explained Phenix City Mayor Sonny Coulter.

Several companies are working together to get the project up and running on both sides of the Chattahoochee River.

Shaun Culligan, the Phenix City Economic Development Specialist, told News Leader Nine, "The idea is to create an illustrative concept book with different creative ways to utilize underutilized areas of the city."

Mayor Coulter added, "It shows our city's not only willingness but wanting to participate in this great project that is going to be one of the better things that has happened to this community in a long time."

Culligan said "Project Riverway" is asking for the citizens to come out and share their ideas for the Chattahoochee construction as well, "The town hall meeting is essential to the success of the project. It gives the project team an idea in mass volume of what the community wants, what the community's vision for the city is and it gives the community the opportunity to voice their vision of the future for Phenix City."

The "Project Riverway" town hall meeting is being held on May 31st at Central High School in Phenix City. The public is urged to come out between 6:30 and 8:30 to share their ideas and opinions. Plus, you'll be entered to win some door prizes.

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