DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — More construction is headed to the City of Denison with a confirmed start date for phase two of Designing Downtown Denison.

The project will encompass the 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street, including Heritage Park.

The city council approved more than $23 million for the next sector of D3. Phase one began in January 2021 and was completed in August of last year.

Denison Main Street director Donna Dow said it's expected to take two years to complete phase two.

"We will be starting on the alley, so it won't hold up anything, because we have to order the materials and things like that," she said. "We want to go ahead and get started, but we don't want to have just the fenced-off area with no activity going on."

Construction is scheduled to begin on April 29, and will include a tribute to the 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born in Denison.

"We're going to put medallions in the sidewalk to designate the "Ike Hike Path" and the Ike Hike is a trail of sorts that Eisenhower took while he was here so it's just commemorating his moments in history," Dow said. 

City staff are making Heritage Park a priority in the second phase to revamp it for folks to use more often. 

"There is the surface of the park that hasn't been determined yet and we will add lots of trees and lots of ways to activate the space, it's supposed to be a park for everyday instead of just when we have special events," Dow said.

Juan Piescina works on Main Street, although construction outside his store can be a hindrance, he's focused on the end product. 

"I know that it may be a little slower due to the construction, but I feel like afterwards it's going to look really nice, really beautiful, it'll be new and afterwards it will bring in new customers," Piescina said.