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A new look for downtown Denison

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Downtown Denison's new look will be friendlier to pedestrians. (City of Denison) Downtown Denison's new look will be friendlier to pedestrians. (City of Denison)
Another architectural view of the proposed new look for downtown Denison.  (City of Denison) Another architectural view of the proposed new look for downtown Denison. (City of Denison)

DENISON, Texas -- Downtown Denison is on the way to getting a facelift.

The City Council has approved an $800,000 contract with Toole Design Group to start begin work on downtown's new look.

"It's going to be a complete street makeover for Denison Main Street," City Manager Jud Rex said.  "We're very excited to move forward with the design process."

Conceptual design drawings feature outdoor dining, wider sidewalks, benches, landscaping, ample parking, and more.

"I think it's a good idea," said Denison resident Robert Welch. "It's been a long time coming, and this place needs a facelift."

The City Council's vote comes one day after the facade of a building in the 300 block of Main Street collapsed, sending brick and metal crashing down onto the sidewalk.

"It definitely speaks to the fact that we need to invest in downtown," Rex said. "There's a need to keep and maintain these historic buildings that add character to the community."

This is just the first phase of downtown Denison redesign project.

"[We] just want to accommodate as many people to downtown as we can, and also help spur private investment as well," Rex said.

The initial phase of the work will focus on the area of Main Street from the railroad tracks to Rusk Street. Rex said the city hopes to start construction in two years.

The first phase of the project will cost between $7 million and $8 million.

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