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Mitchell Looks to Upgrade Downtown Area to the Tune of $5.8 Million

Mitchell Downtown Upgrade Plan
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The city of Mitchell is looking to upgrade it’s historic downtown area, while staying true to it’s history.

Lead by the group Mitchell Main Street and Beyond, the plan would cover 32 acres, include an outdoor amphitheater, wider pedestrian corssings, benches, sitting walls, bike racks, information kiosks and public art displays. The cost: $5.8 million.

According to MMS&B:

The Downtown Streetscape Plan is the result of more than a year’s research by committee members and state architectural companies. The project will cost $5.8 million to transform the 32 acres of Mitchell’s downtown district. The project spans Main Street from First Avenue to Sixth Avenue and the east and west streets from Lawler Street to Rowley Street.

“James Valley has been integral in the planning process for the plaza, which will be on the south end of Main Street over what is now Railroad Street and the city parking lot,” said Molly Goldsmith, MMS&B Executive Director. “We have enjoyed working with them and appreciate their input and local knowledge. Who better to work with for your landscaping than a local firm? They know exactly what to expect with our weather and how Main Street is used for the Corn Palace festival, parades and tourism.”

The blueprint was drafted up by designArc, a Brookings company. Company spokesman Lee Rowland says the health of the communities is usually represented by their downtown areas.

“The streetscape designed for our Main Street pays homage to our history and our future,” said Carrie English, MMS&B Board President. “It’s a smart, economic design that can only increase our viability as the community hub while giving others another great reason to visit Mitchell.”

Funding for the project will come from local, state and federal funds, as well as donations and grants.

Mitchell Downtown Upgrade Plan
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Mitchell Downtown Upgrade Plan
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The Associated Press Contributed to This Story.

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