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In the News September 7, 2005-Downtown ready to celebrate new look of historic district

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Downtown ready to celebrate new look of historic district


A project that has left some people frustrated and many more appreciative of the effort will be celebrated this Friday at a ribbon cutting ceremony in downtown Louisiana.


Although the project won’t be completely finished, Louisiana Economic Development Committee (LEDC) still plans to go ahead with festivities.


“Everything will go ahead as planned,” said Cindy Blaylock, president of LEDC.


The event will entail a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 pm. Beforehand, several dignitaries, both locally and at the state and county levels, will likely speak. Music of some sort will be provided and Phil Smith will emcee the event.


To make it more of a celebration, businesses have been asked to stay open and offer something different to patrons. Whether it be refreshments or holding an open house, the idea is to celebrate everything the renovation will help, including businesses.


“We’ve basically left it open for the businesses to decide what to do,” said Blaylock.


All politicians have been invited to the event to see the hard work and time put into replacing the infrastructure of the downtown area. Pride will likely be seen as so many people have waited patiently to get the streets open and the new look of the downtown.


The celebration will take place at the corner of the Bank of Louisiana. It is unsure of the street will actually be open, so the plan is to move the event to a safe place.


Besides dignitaries, members and volunteers of LEDC and economic development are also invited as well as any member of the general public.


“They’re all invited,” said Blaylock.

A construction crew works to pave the new street in between Third and Fourth Street downtown. The new improvements along Georgia Street include new sewer and water lines, new sidewalks and new lighting.

A bird’s eye view shows how much work is involved in getting the streets paved along Georgia Street. Since Georgia Street is the only street that runs all the way through town, it has created challenges for motorists.

A construction worker smooths out the pavement of the new street last Wednesday. The new look of downtown has many people excited.