$5 million being spent to improve downtown Florence

$5 million being spent to improve downtown Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements are being made in downtown Florence.

City leaders said a total of five million dollars is being spent to update the historic downtown.

"All of this will be a combination of a nice smooth street, but it will also be the opening of East Evans where it jogged before from West Evans. It will be a straight cut through and that will connect the area back behind those buildings behind the 100 block North Dargan to East Evans," Downtown Development Manager Ray Reich said.

The price tag includes utility, road paving and new landscape that will run from National Cemetery to Darlington Street and updates along Evans Street.

Crews are currently finishing up with the repaving of several roads.

These updates are coming at no cost to you.

Part of the project is being paid for by the second capital sales project, the other half is being funded by the Tax Increment Finance District.

"That comes from property taxes from increased value of buildings in downtown. The business downtown who have made the improvements are paying for the improvements through their property taxes," Reich said.

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