Last updated: November 19. 2013 12:03AM - 1092 Views
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Photos by Anthony Cloud|Daily NewsOne on the many new stop signs in downtown Pineville.
Photos by Anthony Cloud|Daily NewsOne on the many new stop signs in downtown Pineville.
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Main Street Pineville, along with the city of Pineville and Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock, is working on a Courthouse Square beautification/revitalization project in an attempt to bring business back into downtown Pineville.

“Throughout my first few months as director of Main Street Pineville, I have heard many great ideas,” said MSP Director Jacob Roan. “I developed this long-term project as a way to prioritize these projects based on the need and the funding.”

The long term goal for the project is to restore the Courthouse Square to its traditional look and feel while at the same time being progressive and offering new venues of entertainment, shopping and dining.

The beautification/revitalization project is broken down into five different phases. Phase one of the project is completed. That phase included the installation of new stop signs, street signs, hanging baskets and the removal of out-of-date signage.

MSP is currently working on ways to fund phase two, which includes asphalt stamping, removing the parking meters and installing new garbage cans. The asphalt stamping would provide the look of red brick crosswalks in all four intersections around the square. This phase is estimated to cost $20,000.

Phase three, which is estimated to cost $50,000, is to acquire funding to make matching facade grants available. Phase four will develop outdoor dining and entertainment areas on the square. During phase five, all power lines around the square will be buried and telephone poles removed.

“No work has begun on phases three through five, but these are goal we do plan on accomplishing,” said Roan. “I feel that we need to set our goals high in order to reach our full potential.”

Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, acloud@civitasmedia.com

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