City shares redesign plans for downtown Denison

Published: Nov. 19, 2019 at 10:46 PM CST
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Derrick Roberts' Gormet Popcorn shop in downtown Denison hits its 4th year mark next month. He's apprehensive about what road work could mean for his customer flow.

"Just because they're gonna tear up the sidewalk in front of our store," Derrick Roberts said.

His store will be included in phase two of the Downtown Streetscape plan. If everything goes according to schedule, the city expects to jump in as soon as May 2020.

"Anytime there's something different, people get scared because they don't know what's going on," Roberts said. "But whenever we all work together and we all team up, everything will be positive and we can move forward, and help attract (more) business for each other."

City manager Jud Rex said this project has been three years in the making. Within the last 18 months, they've put together a detailed design. He believes the sacrifice of a few months will be worth it in the long run.

"The construction process will be painful, but it's temporary," Rex said. "It's ultimately to bring people downtown - we want people to come downtown."

Some community members at the meeting were opposed.

"It's important that the architects know the history, if they don't know it, they can't put it in the mix." said Shanna "Jack" Bowlerjack.

The Bowlerjack family have lived in Denison since the 90s. They said the history of main street is something they treasure.

"We're not just about tourists. We want the whole community to come to main street to re-enliven a safe public area for everyone." Bowlerjack said.

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