DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — In 2019, flames left a blank space in the heart of Denison. After the approval of an almost 4 million dollar bond by City Council, Denison will be able to tell its story to visitors once again.

On the July 1st city council meeting, the thumbs up was given to $3.86 million in funding for the construction of what will be the future visitor center.

This development marks a step forward since a building fire in October of 2019, which destroyed three businesses and two residential lofts that left a large hole on Main Street.

"Since then, we've had to work on cleaning it up and diligent efforts have been made throughout that time - but, it takes this long for the process to evolve," explained Main Street Director, Donna Dow. "We have the tourism center which will have retail sales – We'll have the current events. The tourism office will be a big asset to have in the center of our downtown."

Located across from Heritage Park, when completed, it will be a three-story building with public restrooms, a gift shop, and city offices.

This will be an opportunity for Denison to tell its story, and at the same time, help local businesses bring in more foot traffic.

"With all the excitement that's coming on down here, there's a lot of boom that's happened; There's people that are seeing that Denison is becoming the new thing," stated business owner of Pop Around the Corner, Derrick Roberts.  "With the visitor center being in downtown Denison, it's going to help out because more people are going to be walking up and down the streets and see us."

Construction has already begun, aiming to be finished in early 2025