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Mt. Sterling downtown revitalization project nearing completion

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Downtown Mt. Sterling looks a lot better, as the revitalization project wraps up.

Now that it's done, what does this mean for the town moving forward?

There's holiday cheer in Mt. Sterling, as business owners said there's a lot to be excited about.

"It definitely feels like people are in a better mood just walking downtown and hearing the music," Simply Shiloh Boutique owner Nichole Croxton said.

If you take one look at Maine Street, it looks a lot different.

The eight-month long revitalization project is just days away from completion.

"They started working on the sidewalks around our building, so we've watched it happen right here from start to finish and it's just been really nice," Croxton said. "It was really needing done."

Croxton said the new look is already bringing in more business.

"We've already seen an uptick in foot traffic and it's just really nice to see the town coming around," Croxton said.

City leaders said there are new storm sewers, light posts and benches. They said the sidewalks are wider and there are ramps and more parking to make everything handicap accessible.

Mt. Sterling City Administrator Vada Yingling said now that the project is just about complete, she hopes it brings more people and businesses to downtown.

"It shows an investment in our community to our existing businesses for sustainability, but also for people coming in," Yingling said. "It shows that we're willing to put some money into our town and improve it and we're proud of it."

Croxton agrees and said she's excited for what's yet to come.

"I think everybody is always looking for business opportunities here in town where they can find a lot of foot traffic," Croxton said.

Yingling said all construction must be done by Sunday, as it was partially funded through a state grant.
She said in the spring, they plan to add landscaping and banners around the downtown area.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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