Historic Commission

By: Ashley Edlund Email
By: Ashley Edlund Email

A nest is about to hatch on Foster Street.

But it's not filled with baby chicks.

Executive Director of the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority Jansen Tidmore said,”The nest is retail incubator and what it is a place where small businesses can come in and hatch their ideas hence the name the nest.”

One, two, three...four retail businesses will hatch ...and get a chance to make it big.

Longtime business owner Bernadean Flanagan is right across the street. But she's not worried.

Flanagan said, “Every business that comes down here that's retail helps the other retail businesses down here every restaurant every shop we've done better the more we've had.”

And things in the nest are moving along.

The historic preservation commission signed off on signs for the outside of the building, something Tidmore says was an important step.

Tidmore said, “We were just making sure our signs and awnings work in regards to the rest of the buildings.”

But things down the street aren't moving as fast. 808 East Newton Street was on the agenda to be destroyed, until the owners got a permit. Vice chairman Wes Grant says it wasn't a set back at all.

Grant said, ”Anytime something can be remodeled it's better than demolishing it especially in a historical district but a lot of times you have to tear it down because of costs.”

Tidmore says they've already got two businesses in the nest set to go and construction could be wrapping up soon.

Tidmore said, “We're hoping the businesses can start moving the first of June mid July and a grand opening happen the first of August.”

Hoping new business will give back to Dothan in more than one way.

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