Let’s all go downtown!

If you wonder what the LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC) is doing, just take a look at Fort Thompson Ave., between Bridge Street and Main.

The“Fred Johnson Memorial Parklet” is giving the downtown area a new look and feel. In the past few months, this downtown street has changed its character and become a lot more attractive to residents and visitors alike.

Last summer the LDRC’s first beautification project spiffed up this downtown street with wider sidewalks to accommodate foot traffic, tables and chairs beckoning for people to sit and enjoy the day with friends and good conversation.

Shop owners also painted their buildings to add more vibrant color and a new parking pattern added several more spaces.

The city repaved Fort Thompson Ave., just in time for the Swamp Cabbage Festival. “The new” Fort Thompson Ave. is just the right location for the LDRC’s annual Night on the Town

It’s not quite finished yet. Four old fashioned style street lights will soon add a more decorative feel along with additional landscaping.

In the meantime, check out the amazing brick sidewalk along Fort Thompson Ave., paved with the LDRC’s “Pathways to the Future” memorial bricks.

Engraved with sponsors’ names, businesses, family names or memorials these bricks give the street a classic look that, along with the landscaping, evokes an inviting, hometown feel.

At the same time, the sale of these bricks helps fund additional revitalization and investment into the city we all share.

When LaBelle’s downtown attracts more interest, all the city’s residents and businesses will reap the benefits

The LDRC’s memorial brick sales help fund the downtown plans. Memorial bricks are still available.

Go to http://www.downtownlabelle.com/become-a-member/ to design your personal brick and/or become a member of the LDRC.

Call Nancy Imhoff at 863-225-2749 with any questions.

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