Aiken’s parks go tobacco free June 1

AIKEN — All parks in the City of Aiken will begin prohibiting the use of tobacco in any form, to include electronic cigarettes and other analogs, on June 1, 2017. Signs reinforcing the new policy will be placed in the parks in the coming weeks.

Food trucks on the agenda for Planning Commission

Measures governing when and how food trucks can set up shop in the City of Aiken will be discussed during a City of Aiken Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 9 at 6 pm.
The meeting will take place in City Council chambers in the Municipal Building at 214 Park Avenue SW and it is open to the public.
In November 2016, the City concluded the process of creating a new Strategic Plan. One recommendation included in the plan is to revise the city’s ordinance regarding mobile food vendors.

Citizens Advisory Team sets series of meetings on Downtown design

The City Manager’s Citizens Advisory Team (CAT) has announced dates for two public meetings to discuss design and allowable use questions related to proposed redevelopment in Downtown Aiken. The meetings will be held March 21 and April 5.
The CAT has been selected to advise Aiken City Manager John Klimm during negotiations related to a proposed project that would develop housing, retail, office space, and a potential parking garage in downtown’s historic core. A major focus of the plan is consolidating City of Aiken services by expanding the Municipal Building on Park Avenue. Doing so would allow the City to dispose of potentially surplus property, the present Administration and Finance Building at 135 Laurens St. SW, and see it converted to a mixture of retail and housing.

Meeting on public parking Downtown set April 12

Parking and the possibility of a parking structure downtown will be the focus of a public meeting scheduled by the City of Aiken on April 12 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in City Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. SW.

Aiken City Manager John Klimm said the April meeting will be the latest in a series of public meetings where hundreds of local residents have gathered information and offered input on the future of the City’s central district.

“We are now recommending that we start a new journey of public meetings starting with a major public hearing on the need for and the pros and cons of a parking garage in the downtown,” Klimm said during a recent City Council meeting. “For many years the issue of parking in the downtown has been raised. When we had our workshops last year, the number one issue raised was the matter of parking in the downtown and the challenge of how best to address the parking issue.”