Mountain City moves forward in 'Tenn. Downtown' project
By Paula WalterSince the announcement of the selection of Mountain City as an official Tennessee Downtowns by Tennessee’s State Department of Economic and Community Development in December of 2010, plans have been underway to revitalize the town with the award of a $15,000 grant.
Requirements to be a part of the revitalization program were stringent and could only be awarded to communities that were at least 50 years old. The cities chosen had to meet certain specifications that included historic resources, both physical and economic needs, efforts demonstrated by local citizens, an overall presentation and the probability of the area’s success in the program.
According to Karla Prudhomme, who sits on Mountain City Downtown board, the Tennessee Downtowns assessment team recently paid a visit to Mountain City to determine how the town had fared with its definitive plans and improvements. While not every project has been completed, the group received an excellent report. The board has put new planters in place and new garbage receptacles on Main Street. Twenty trees and tree grates can be found along both Main and Church streets, and eight bike bollards are now in place. The bike bollards stand approximately three and a half feet tall and have loops on either side to store and lock bicycles. The planters, garbage receptacles and bike bollards have all been painted the same black powder coated steel for a uniform appearance. Five wooden directional signs with arrows, painted with reflective paint to enhance nighttime use, direct visitors to local area attractions. These will be placed in and around Mountain City. The committee has also purchased solar twinkling lights, powered on sunshine, that will be placed around the newly planted trees once they have taken root and have adapted to their new home.
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