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ARDMORE, OK -- The Ardmore Main Street Authority is celebrating it's 25th year. And, if you've driven down Main Street lately you've probably seen some of their latest projects.

Two construction projects along Main Street are helping to bring back the look of downtown Ardmore.

"Both of those projects are exciting and going to make a big difference in downtown," said Julie Longest, executive director of Ardmore Main Street Authority.

A new law office for Hisey and Landgraf is expected to be completed in August.

Just a block to the west, Noble Energy is working on what will eventually be a data and office center.

"When the main street program started in 1989, 69 percent of the buildings were unoccupied and today downtown is thriving, it's vibrant and there's just so much to do downtown," said Longest.

In addition to all the growth that's going on along Main Street in downtown, Ardmore Main Street says they plan to turn an adjacent space next to the train depot into a park.

Daniel Romo, who has been in Ardmore for 25 years and owns the restaurant across the street from the Noble project, says the downtown area has thrived in recent years.

"You don't see very many boarded up buildings anymore they're all just coming alive because a lot of people are investing in downtown and it's great to see, it really is," said Romo, the general manager of Casa Romo.

Those who visit the downtown area frequently agree.

"It's great for the economy and also gives us out-of-towers a place to go and experience something new almost every trip," said Gary Carpenter, a frequent visitor from Sulphur.

Which is something the Ardmore Main Street Authority says they hope to achieve.

"it just seems the downtown area has new life into it," said Romo.

Representatives from the law building and Noble Energy say the are scheduled to complete their projects in the fall.