Also in Saint Johns County -- part of downtown Saint Augustine will be getting a makeover. The city commission has voted unanimously to go ahead with a street-scape project. It is designed to make these three streets more pedestrian friendly. The work will range from drainage improvements to historic street lights. Property owners who live along those streets will have to pay higher taxes over the next 15-years, to fund the renovations. But, as Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem tells us, most of them are very supportive. 3 3 3 0-510-1520-251:40-451:50- 5504:10 Big plans are store for a few of the busy downtown St.Augustine Streets like Spanish Streetthe city of St. Augustine is known for being the oldest city in the United States but the city commissioners say the street conditions need to be updated as you can see on Spanish street they don't even have sidewalks for the many people who walk downtown.) 01:49 When you get a truck that comes down this way and a car that comes this way and five pedestrians walking side by side it's a problem because the pedestrians have nowhere to go they have to step up on a curb The streets getting the make-over are: Spanish, Hypolita), and Treasury.) This is a sketch of what the city wants the streets to look like ...They will get better storm water drainage, added street lights and sidewalks.The people who work along these streets made a big push for the project.01:27 one of the things we as businesses hear about all the time is it's just kind of scary at night because there's not enough lighting This is video from a rainy day in October ... showing how flooding is an issue with the current streets. ) 59:58 Anybody who has been downtown, historic area of St. Augustine when it's been one of these flash floods where within an hour we get an inch or two of rain and the streets are completely flooded and you can't walk on them Construction will begin next month and business owners are preparing to take a hit to their pocketbooks because vehicle traffic through those streets will be limited.03:33 yea there's going to be some a loss of business hopefully it will be minimal and the city is doing everything they can to make this happen as quickly as they can The $3.2 -million dollar project would be jointly funded.The 54 property owners along the affected streets would pay $750,000 over 15 years in an extra tax, the city will pay the rest.80 percent of property owners gave their full support of the tax. 3 3 ) 24:26 we had a few people who said they were against doing any projects down there but we felt strongly that we have a lot of public support for this CLOSE: 05:22 If things go according to plan- the streets could be done by April 2015. AM C4 TLS.