Planning begins for Phase Two of Denison Main Street project
DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — After seven years of planning, Phase One of the Designing Downtown Denison project is nearing completion.
Now the city has its sights set on what's next.
Phase Two will cover the 300 and 400 blocks on Main Street, and will include a makeover for Heritage Park.
"We do know that we want to preserve all of the history there," said Denison Main Street director Donna Dow. "We've got some memorials and some monuments in Heritage Park, and we need to find a special way to portray those also."
The city is assembling a committee of business owners and volunteers to draft designs based on the original 2016 D3 vision.
Wendy Acosta, owner of Desk & Easel, was one of the Phase One committee members. She appreciates having the chance to be a voice for the businesses that will be impacted by construction.
"It's valuable on a number of levels that the city wants our input," Acosta said. "They change what they can to meet the needs... to make sure whatever concerns we have, that they're addressed."
In addition to the design committee, the city will hold a public meeting to gather more input. They hope to begin construction for Phase Two later this year.
"We anticipate that 2023 is going to be the time period that we do design on Phase Two and then start after that," Dow said.
Phase One construction at the intersection of Rusk and Main Street should be completed by late March or early April.