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Greenwood Gardens Improvements

The City of Maitland is partnering with Duke Energy for long-awaited improvements to electric service in Greenwood Gardens.

Work will begin later this year to remove overhead power lines and tall poles scattered along roadsides and adjacent to many homes. Electric utilities will be buried underground - outside of the public right-of-way, where the city will conduct future improvements for sidewalks, storm drainage, water and sewer lines.

Burying electric lines will improve the appearance of the neighborhood and help property values. The project also will increase the reliability of electric service, which can be knocked out by falling tree limbs and heavy storms. More attractive street lamp posts will be installed for pedestrian and safety lighting.

Some homeowners will be required to convert their electric meter and connection from overhead to underground utility service. The city will pay for that during project construction, allowing each homeowner to repay their portion over ten years through property assessments.

Improvement plans for Greenwood Gardens started in 2003 to help stabilize property values in this central part of the city. Residents and city officials set priorities including the overhead power lines, new sidewalks, drainage, water and sewer improvements.

Progress was delayed by economic impacts of the national recession in 2008. Maitland reserved funds during the past two years to get work started.

Last July, the city coordinated with residents to build about 1,000 feet of 5-foot-wide sidewalk along the north edge of Marion Way from Maitland Avenue to Robinhood Drive. The new sidewalk improves safety for pedestrians, who often walk in the roadway despite passing vehicles.

That project also provides better access to the nearby SunRail station and helps to connect other area locations like Lake Sybelia Elementary School, the Sandspur Trail and the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando.

Earlier Event: January 3
Maitland to Rebuild Downtown Park
Later Event: April 26
Safe Railroad Crossings