Business owners discuss plans to beautify thoroughfare into cityPublished 11:08am Friday, September 6, 2013
A group of community members and business owners gathered at the conference room next to MainStreet with aims of getting a movement going to clean up one of the major thoroughfares into downtown.
MainStreet executive director Richard Wagoner said the movement grew out of recent community development meetings. While the meetings focused on how to lead Alexander City into the future as a whole, Thursday’s gathering focused on Cherokee Road from U.S. Hwy. 280 to downtown.
“After our last community development meeting, I reiterated that this is the major entrance to our business district,” Wagoner said. “We need to give it some attention and focus and see what we can do similar to what MainStreet has done for downtown. “
Talk centered on trying to find small ways citizens can help out to produce big results.
“With everyone working together, we can get this done,” Wagoner said. “Cherokee Road is the most highly traveled road in Alexander City, and a lot of times it is the first perception people get of our city. It isn’t major stuff. It is like putting on a nice suit and tie but forgetting to shine your shoes.”
Small repairs, like repainting signs or building exteriors, to landscaping improvements such as replanting flower beds along the road could go a long way to improving the look of the Cherokee Road entrance.
District 3 councilman Bob Howard was in attendance. Howard owns Plain and Fancy Dry Cleaners on Cherokee Road.
Howard was excited to see the meeting come to fruition and is looking forward to seeing the results.
“We have talked about trying to get people with a stake in this together for a long time,” Howard said. “If everyone does a little bit at a time, hopefully we can make some progress.”
Howard also added that discussions stayed positive and focused on finding solutions and not on placing blame.
“Maybe we can start taking some action to just dress it up,” Howard said. “First impression is always crucial. It is something we are going to have to deal with one bite at a time.”
Wagoner said that he has already started receiving input from those who attended the meeting with ideas on how to spruce up the corridor. Wagoner said that anyone with suggestions or comments can contact him at MainStreet by calling 256-329-9227.