Makeover begins in downtown Midland - WNEM TV 5

Makeover begins in downtown Midland

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan downtown district is getting a major facelift.

The Dig In Midland streetscape redevelopment project is underway.

During the first stage of the project, Mainstreet Road will be closed between Gordon and Rodd. McDonald Street will be closed from Larkin to Ann.

Crews will remove the road surface, sidewalks, trees and street signs in those areas.

City officials told TV5 the work is a necessary stop to move Midland forward.

“It was just time for a new look and feel for our downtown. And also the way our retails and restaurants use the downtown streetscape, they want to be outdoors using much more of the sidewalk,” said Selina Tisdale, Spokesperson with the City of Midland.

Tisdale also said there will be three blocks of festival streets that will allow for wider sidewalks for new plantings and trees.

She believes it will enhance downtown business and improve outdoor events.

“This is what we heard from the public when we started designing our new downtown. This is what they’ll get come the end of summer.”

All businesses around the impacted area will remain open.

The project is expected to wrap up this fall.

For more information on the project, click here

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