Facelift Planned for Downtown Marianna

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Marianna- Part of downtown Marianna will soon be getting a face lift.

"Right now it looks pretty bad," said Marianna City Manager Jim Dean.

Dean said the project is part of a bigger downtown revitalization plan.

"This is phase two. Phase one of the downtown revitalization was focused on around the courthouse," said Dean.

The focus this time will be on the strip of Highway 90 near the farmers market and Winn-Dixie grocery store. The construction will start at Madison Street and stretch all the way to the city limits at the Chipola River.

Some of the changes include underground telephone wires on the north side of the street and possibly a J-Trans bus stop in the Winn-Dixie parking lot. Dean said all together the city plans to spend around $370,000 in grant money for the upgrades.

"It looks rough, but it will be a huge improvement," said Dean.

Local businesses are excited about the improvements and hope it will mean more business coming through their doors.

"I think it's going to be great. It's going to make it look really pretty for more people to come to Marianna," said Subway restaurant employee Sheri Shults.

"It'll be very appealing to our customers and I'm looking forward to it," said Magnolia Station Hair and Tanning Salon owner Dianna Kosciw.

The construction bidding process ends Tuesday. Dean said he hopes construction will start by the end of April.


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