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City of Idabel revitalizes downtown

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The City of Idabel is getting ready to start Phase 3 of their downtown revitalization project.

They say it's an important project that will help boost the economy.

The new sidewalks, street lights, landscaping are all part of big push to revitalize downtown Idabel.  

The city started their revitalization project in 2006 and city officials say they've already seen a big difference with more businesses moving in the area.

"It's really why we started this business, because so many of the sidewalks in downtown have been resurfaced," said Walter Hefner, Main Street Bakery Co-Owner.

Hefner says the sidewalks in front of his restaurant will be part of Phase 3 in the Streetscape Improvement Project.

In the first phase, a new pavilion and amphitheater was built for the community.

Idabel Mayor Tina Thomas says phase three of the project is being funded with a $400,000 state grant.   

"when tourist come through see how pretty your city is, the sidewalks are clean and new looking, it's very important to continually try to beautify your downtown area," said Thomas.  

Main Street Idabel officials say the city has reinvested about $12 million dollars into the town since 1998.

The streetscape phase 3 project will start construction in August.
 
It's expected to be completed this Fall.

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