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August 17 , 2011

Lowest Greenville FOX 4 News

Lowest Greenville FOX 4 News

 


Adapted for Web By Kevin Boie | MYFOXDFW.COM DALLAS - Work is on to transform Lower Greenville into what one official calls a "family friendly" destination but area businesses said the construction is hurting the bottom line. The popular strip is currently synonymous with bars, nightclubs and live music but the project aims to not only beautify a portion of the strip, but also attract a different crowd, especially during the day. According to Assistant Director of Public Works Alan Hendrix, Dallas aims to revitalize the two-block section known as Lowest Greenville, north of Ross Avenue. Hendrix said the plan was born, in part, over growing concern about increased crime in the area. A $1.4 million grant from the city's capital bond program is helping to fund the transformation, he said. Planned changes include: Wider sidewalks Additional lighting Landscaping Crosswalks Parallel street parking According to Hendrix, despite the many alterations, the city has no intention to alter the basic identity of the area. "It’s just to try to enhance the look and feel," Hendrix said. "The intent was to try to revitalize the area." However, the crowds Hendrix said the city hopes to attract sound nothing like the typical throngs of young revelers who flock to the area. "There is a hope that it would become more of a family-friendly place, with family friendly-type businesses," he said. Regardless, one thing is certain: The current construction is keeping some people away. "My business [is] slow. It's real bad right now," said Tom Melios, owner of Char Bar. "I don’t know how long the construction going to be, but right now it's bad." Hendrix said officials are doing all they can to minimize the negative impact and that the project should be complete in about four months. After that, he said, the city will begin developing a so-called food court trailer park – a group of converted Airstream trailers, similar to those found in Austin Read more on myFOXdfw.com: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/081711-Businesses-Suffer-during-Family-Friendly-Makeover-on-Lower-Greenville#ixzz1VJByuMR7
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