Acworth redevelopment almost complete
by Hannah Morgan
September 27, 2013 01:05 AM | 2559 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Parts of the sidewalk work along Senator Russell Avenue in Acworth have received a face-lift as work continues in the area. <br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Parts of the sidewalk work along Senator Russell Avenue in Acworth have received a face-lift as work continues in the area.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
ACWORTH — With more than $1 million in 2005 SPLOST funds now invested in streetscape improvements, Acworth has wrapped its downtown Main Street around the block to create a second commercial strip.

The project, which was broken into two parts, began in 2010 and is expected to be completed by the end of October.

Streets have been repaved and new sidewalks have been installed, along with gutters, light posts and extra parking spaces. Within the next few weeks, visitors to downtown Acworth will be able to walk up and down Main Street and then walk around the backside of Main Street.

The first phase of the project began in 2010, and completely remodeled Senator Russell Avenue, which runs directly behind Main Street, from Lemon Street to Dallas Street.

The second phase, which has cost about $700,000, picks up from where the remodeling ended, and extends the enhancements of Senator Russell Avenue from where it intersects Dallas Avenue up until Morningside Drive, said Brandon Douglas, assistant city manager and economic development director of Acworth.

Despite the lack of parking and walking space available to visitors of downtown Acworth, the construction hasn’t seemed to slow business.

Wendy Legener, the owner of Center Street Tavern, located on the intersection of Dallas Street and Senator Russell Avenue, next to City Hall, said she hasn’t noticed a decline in customers since construction began in March.

“It doesn’t look so awesome, but I don’t think it has hurt business, it is just confusing to people,” she said of the construction.

The construction has installed new gas and water lines, which Legener said is well-worth any confusion to customers.

The biggest issue has been the parking, said Jami Greth, a server at Fusco’s Via Roma, a restaurant on Main Street.

While Greth and many of her customers have to park about two blocks away in order to get to Main Street, she said she thinks the remodeling will bring even more customers once completed.

Up the block at Waterstone Events, which serves as hosts to weddings and special events on its back patio, the construction out back was expected to be a problem, said the owner, Joanne Tubo.

She spent about $500 to build privacy fences, but the added benefits of the new piping, as well as the added parking, far exceeded the cost of the fences.

Not one bride has complained about the fences, she added, in part because the construction company, J.H.C. Construction, has been very accommodating.

“They have arranged their construction around our weddings. I have no complaints, they went out of their way,” Tubo said.

Bridal parties, tourists and shoppers in downtown Acworth will be able to loop around Main Street, and park on Senator Russell Avenue when construction ends, which should be within the next 30 days, Douglas said.

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