Old Town Saginaw to get makeover - WNEM TV 5

Old Town Saginaw to get makeover

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A city street is getting some upgrades and it has local business owners hoping everything old will be new again.

Hamilton Street in Old Town Saginaw will soon be getting a makeover.

"We're installing new decorative street lights, new sidewalks, trees and benches," said Beth London, city engineer.

The $600,000 project will close four blocks of Hamilton Street from Court Street to Madison Avenue with construction lasting through November.

"We're also going to mill and resurface the road in the 100, 200, 300 and 400 blocks of N. Hamilton," London said.

Paul Barrera, owner of Jake's Old City Grill, said Hamilton Street is the welcome mat to his restaurant and deserves a face lift.

"We understand that the infrastructure upgrades are important. They're adding new lighting, which is really really good because the old lighting was bad. And they are replacing sidewalks, that make it a whole lot easier to walk without tripping and falling," he said.

Barrera said city engineers have assured him and other area business owners they are working to make sure construction has a minimal impact on sales and traffic as the four block stretch becomes partially closed.

He said when the headache is over the area's new beauty will be worth the pain.

"The end game is it's a better place to be. Yeah, there's pain that comes with these changes, traffic patterns get changed, people find a new way to get where they are going. But we hope when it is all done they'll come back and join us in a great district and a great community," Barrera said.

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