A new look for downtown Cedaredge is in the works and when it's all said and done town officials say it'll bring in business and rejuvenate the town's charm.
The whole construction planning has been in the works for years but city officials say they are excited but it's the residents that have been hammering out the idea for the renovation and can't wait for the new look.
It’s the sounds of construction, but it's an exciting melody for residents in this small town.
Three blocks of Main Street are being spruced up, from storm sewers, better sidewalks, improved handicap accessibility, as well as more space for outdoor patios, which was all part of the plan.
It's work businesses and the residents of Cedaredge have been putting money into for quite a while, “back in 2007 [residents] voted for a half percent sales tax increase in 2007 just for improvements for the road, so this is our major street improvement plan we've been saving money for and look to building because this is what the citizens asked for", said Pat Means, Cedaredge Mayor.
Town Administrator Kathleen Sickles says they need to reinvent downtown and bring back the small town shops, "downtown Cedaredge is kind of like many, a lot of our businesses have closed, so it is definitely our goal to bring the businesses back".
And while change can sometimes be scary and business owners everywhere would prefer to have easy access for their customers there's nothing but excitement from these business owners who are ready to grow with the city.
"Just really excited, I know in the long run it is going to bring in more business for the town, it's going to be really awesome", said business owner Lisa Carr, Mama Lisa’s Pizza & Taqueria
"We are the noobies, but I feel like we are the pioneers for all of this, because we are going to persevere through all of this and welcome it when it is all done", said LaKen Duckworth, owner of Dream Weaver.
City officials say the whole downtown renovation should finish in September and into early October. It has been a long process from tearing up the street and doing underground work...but it will all come together with a beautiful landscape downtown here in Cedaredge. City officials are hoping residents across the western slope will come up to see the newly completed work during applefest this October.
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