Staying Vibrant: Florence city leaders to ‘streetscape’ Tennessee Street

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence city leaders are moving forward with a plan to give Tennessee Street a multi-million dollar makeover.

From decorated lighting to crosswalks and benches, they want to take the feel of downtown’s Court Street and spread it further.

“Taking it down Tennessee Street will just open up and create, we think, just more of that downtown atmosphere,” explained Florence city spokesman Phil Stevenson. “Anytime you create the atmosphere then we think naturally that folks are going to see it, so will the commercial people who will continue to develop that area in a very positive manor.”

With First Friday’s at their ten year mark, city leaders have seen a very positive influence grow downtown. So, naturally they want to spread the wealth. ‘Streetscaping’ will start at the Doctor Hicks, Tennessee St. intersection and work up to downtown.

 “That used to be the main entrance and that got you to the main intersection of Court and Tennessee. It still is a very important feeder.”
City council members approved a $2.9 million contract Tuesday night.  They are still working to get insurance and contract documents together. There’s no set date when work will begin, but they suspect within three to six weeks.