During the Aug. 1 meeting, members of the Northville City Council permanently closed portions of both Main and Center streets to vehicular traffic. Retailers and restaurant owners have expanded their footprint onto Center Street from Main to Dunlap and on Main Street from Center to Hutton. Responsibility for the design and functionality of the area has been assigned to the Northville Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
“They've handed us this decision. We're going to make it work,” Commented DDA Director Lori Ward. She recently posted a request for bids for design services to redo the entrances of the social district, comprising the closed sections of Center and Main streets. Bid submissions are due Aug. 31, a city spokesman noted. A separate traffic engineering study will also be conducted by the city to determine how best to reroute traffic on the narrow streets.