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‘Pivotal’ vote for downtown future

By Justin Tubbs

Economic Development Director Marty Nelson said Monday night was “one of those rare moments when decisions are taken that will change the course of an entire city.”

“Three years of planning and preparation was transformed into tangible actions that will bear fruit for the citizens for decades,” he said.

Monday night, the Ennis City Commission unanimously approved two projects that the city believes will serve as turning points for revitalization of downtown Ennis, the first being a $7.5 million downtown infrastructure improvement projects the city hopes to finish by 2018.

City Manager Scott Dixon has pointed out that downtown infrastructure hasn’t changed or been upgraded since the downtown was built some 100 years ago. City officials have said the type of downtown development they envision isn’t sustainable with the current infrastructure.

The newly proposed – and now approved – project will put roughly $2.7 million into water and sewer improvements, $2.9 million into Dallas Street, which intersects the heart of downtown, $500,000 into alleyway improvements and $500,000 into storm water improvements.

The timeline for the project is admittedly aggressive, according to Dixon. The city hopes to have all parts of the project finished by the end of 2017.

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