Work will soon get underway on a half-million dollar facelift for downtown Enterprise.
In 2004, the first phase of a downtown sidewalk project was completed around the Main and College Street intersection. It included stamped pavement, and replicas of old street lights.
Phase two will broaden the work throughout downtown. The city will put up $190,000 in matching monies for the half-million dollars in Federal Department of Transportation funds.
It's exciting news for employees at a florist shop in the affected area.
Amelia Gammons, with Kimberly's Flowers said, "I think anything to attract potential customers, especially improvements to the sidewalk and street are exciting. It’s something that we really are happy to see."
City officials say the sidewalk project makes good financial sense in the long run, attracting residents and out-of-town potential customers.
Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell said, "A historical prospective to Enterprise, bringing the look back 75-to-100 years ago is something that we strive for."
Rex Everage, with the Pea River Historical Society said, "Several business owners that we spoke with said that this grant could really pay big dividends in years and decades to come."
City officials say work on the sidewalk project will be done so as to minimize the affect on shoppers’ downtown.