Downtown Dothan is undergoing some changes, and attention is turning once again to an area called Dixie.
The train depot along Powell Street in North of downtown Dothan is undergoing renovations. Some consider the train depot a historical landmark. Instead of letting it go to waste, the city of Dothan has a plan of action.
"Use of the building will house part of the Wiregrass transit and a drop off station like a bus station," says Jerry Corbin, Public Works Director.
Downtown Dothan has many vacant buildings, but the few shop owners who have managed to stay open are excited about the potential for new customers in the area.
Owner of High Rise Café, Jeannet Brown, said, "I am pleased; it is time for a change, and it will help my business.”
“With revitalization of [the] railway station, and if roads get paved I think it will really do something for our business," said James Critty-Smith, Owner Dothan Auto Body Shop
The city has considered paving the roads, but ownership belongs to the railway station and so far, it has been unwilling to turn over the property.
Dothan feels revitalizing the railway station is a move in the right direction. "It’s just a start. The city can put their foot forward, and with grants, can get something started," said Corbin.
The city is also considering putting a police substation at the railway depot, in addition to putting down more sidewalk stones and lamp posts in the area.
The city is expected to begin working on the area after the architectural plans are approved, which could be as early as September.
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