Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Daytona’s gateway could see big changes along International Speedway Boulevard

Photo Credit: Nigel Cook

Maryam Ghyabi and Ghyabi & Associates had the unique opportunity to sit with the editorial board of the Daytona Beach News Journal to contribute to this article, which ran in the Daytona Beach News Journal on Sunday February 1, 2015.

A few years from now, the main road millions of tourists travel every year from the interstate to the ocean will be criss-crossed with pedestrian overpasses and lined with new sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.

International Speedway Boulevard could also one day greet visitors with grand gateway elements like signs and fountains, add in light rail lines and be dotted with new traffic circles, replacing the sleepy beach town vibe with a new urban feel.

Many of those changes along the six-mile stretch of ISB east of Interstate 95 are underway or close to turning dirt. Others are long-term dreams being championed by people like Maryam Ghyabi who look at Daytona’s central traffic artery and see economic development potential and the future.

“Great communities are built around great corridors,” said Ghyabi, CEO of Ormond Beach-based Ghyabi & Associates, the engineering and planning firm studying and designing some changes to ISB. “International Speedway Boulevard has the ability to be that corridor.”

Read full article from Daytona Beach News Journal here

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