Denison using incentive program to encourage businesses to come downtown

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - The city of Denison is rolling out a new plan to encourage more businesses to set up downtown.

As Denison City Manager Jud Rex puts it, there are a few "missing teeth" along Main Street, meaning there are vacant lots the city would like to see filled.

Rex says the area this incentive covers is mostly Main Street, with a few blocks north and south of Main Street, also known as the "Central Area District".

The city will give anyone buying a lot and building a reduction in permit costs and trash fees. Plus, they'll kick in up to $30,000 to go toward construction.

"A mix of restaurants, retail, and entertainment. Really, anything that's going to help attract people downtown. People like to eat, they like to be entertained, go get drinks. Anything that's going to help encourage the vibrancy of downtown are the kind of uses we want to see on Main Street," said Rex.

The resolution was passed in Monday's city council meeting, and this incentive program will go into effect October 1st.

To see what the resolution entails, click