Discover Downtown Middlesboro Executive-Director Isaac Kremer presented plans for the soon to be finished, updated canal walk at the most recent Middlesboro City Council subcommittee meeting on Tuesday.
Kremer used a portable projector to show council members the status of the plans along with the research gone into the project thus far — and is continuing to use it as a guide for upcoming plans.
The improved canal walk will be a two-mile inter-loop incorporating the current canal walk from 22nd Street and 17th Street.
According to professionals working on the project, the projected revenue in the first year alone is estimated to be just over $4 million. This potential revenue was generated by considering the numerous factors (lodging, gas, souvenirs and food needs) involved when luring new tourists to the area with the new, updated canal walk and other revitalization plans.
Kremer said there is one permit left to acquire on updating the canal walk. He expects the project to escalate from that point on.
The plans don’t stop with the two-mile inter-loop. Once it’s completed, plans for a seven-mile outer-loop will go in motion.
One of the key elements of the overall goal involving the revitalization efforts is to connect downtown Middlesboro with the National Park via the Canal Walk and Boone Trace.
For complete details on the canal walk and all other innovations DDM is involved with, visit www.downtownmiddlesboro.org or like their Facebook page.
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