Street improvements nearing completion in Florence

Street improvements nearing completion in Florence
(Source: WMBF News)
(Source: WMBF News)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - New sidewalks, street lights and landscaping are changing the way downtown Florence is looking.

You've probably noticed crews sprucing thing up. Those street changes are taking place at just about every corner. Concrete is being smashed up, and new concrete is being poured.

"Florence has got a lot of history. The buildings that are being uncovered in our redevelopment project have a lot of stories to tell," said Councilman Robby Hill with the City of Florence.

To match the historical theme in downtown, at the coroner of every street, the name of the street is being engraved into the pavement.

A major change you'll soon notice is the straightening of West Evans Street where it means Dargan Street.

The city said the changes taking place are all about enhancing the facade - changes that are happening to many of the buildings, but ultimately about increasing foot traffic in the downtown area.

"We feel like complimenting them with proper sidewalks and signage to understand where you are at each intersection as you are walking around…will help the customers and visitors and the business owners of our community feel like they have arrived in the downtown experience," Hill said.

The sidewalks and most of the other street work should be wrapped up in the next couple of months.

Those improvements are not coming at a cost to taxpayers.

All of the new businesses in downtown Florence throw the money they pay in property taxes into a big bowl.

The city is then allowed to use that money to bring about all the changes you see happening.

"The City of Florence has high expectations that as businesses continue to invest in their buildings, we will have more T.I.F.T money to invest in more parking and streetscape improvements to grow our community," Hill said.

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