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Officials Hope Downtown Georgetown Sidewalk Project Will Help Businesses

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

Camille Sweezy's clothing business, Camille & Company, is located in the heart of downtown Georgetown on Austin Avenue. Sweezy said the area needs to make improvements if the city continues to expand.

Sweezy said anything to bring more people to the downtown area would bring in more business, so Sweezy is on board with the Austin Avenue Sidewalk project.

"It's going to be really worth it because my side of the street is not as pedestrian friendly," Sweezy said.

The project is going to cost the city of Georgetown about $231,000. The plan is to double the sidewalks and take out the parallel parking spaces in front of the businesses. Part of the cost will help preserve its historic value.

Keith Hutchinson, Georgetown’s Public Communications Manager said the project will help businesses.

"The goal is to increase the walkability, the pedestrian experience," Hutchinson said. "It really improves the visibility to these businesses here. It provides a little more space between where people are and where the traffic is."

Sweet Serendipity Retail Manager, Scott Adam said it will improve the downtown experience for visitors, and wider, safer sidewalks are needed.

"The whole logo and promotion of the square has been the most beautiful square in Texas, and it's going to really add to that," Adam said.

By Cassie GalloOfficials Hope Downtown Georgetown Sidewalk Project Will Help Businesses



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