The city has awarded a contract to Barney Inc. that clears the way for a major renovation of historic Main Street.
The project includes widening of sidewalks, new curbs and gutters, period lighting and landscaping. It also includes the development of off-street parking.The Barney bid, lowest of four submitted, was for $420,000.
Business owners in the historic district area have agreed to participate in phases of the project on a 50-50 shared basis with the city.
Utilities in the project area will be moved underground. A sprinkling system will be installed and planting of shrubs, flowers and trees undertaken.
Some phases of the overall project will be postponed until additional money is available. They include a minipark and walking bridge across Pleasant Creek and a walkway from Main Street to a planned parking area to the rear of buildings on the north side of the street.
Many buildings in the historic district date from the Victorian era, and owners have agreed to a renovation program that will preserve the original architectural characteristics of these buildings.