New lighting, landscaping part of plans to revitalize Depot St. in downtown Greeneville

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL)- Revitalizing downtown Greeneville is something that the entire community is working toward, but we discovered special plans are in the works for part of Depot Street.

Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels said there is a lot happening right now to bring Greeneville back to life,”We don’t want a community where you’ve heard people say you know you just roll up the sidewalks after 5 o’clock and nothing is going on, we want to change that.” 

Daniels pointed out the new Walters State campus that’s almost complete, and work currently underway at the Capitol Theatre in the heart of downtown.

He also shed light on a new project that’s in the preliminary phase to spruce up Depot Street, with the hub of the project sitting between the intersection of Main Street and N. Irish Street. 

“As the city we want to let people know, we are serious about the downtown revitalization,” Daniels said.

Project Manager for Vaughn & Melton, Randy Davenport, is working on this project and sat down with us on Thursday to explain some of the changes in store.

“One of the components of having a vibrant downtown is having pedestrian traffic, people actually walking the sidewalks…what we are looking at are sidewalks that will be anywhere from 16 to 12 feet wide, for instance a restaurant sit outside tables, outside dining, allow for street furniture, benches, and so forth,” Davenport said.

Another focal point of the project will be a change in lighting on Depot Street.

“We are also looking at some specialty lighting that would actually be suspended above the street which will provide again almost a room feel with that being the roof…I think it’s something very unique,” Davenport said.

City leaders said you can keep up with the progress of this streetscape project and get texts directly to your phone.

They said you can text “greeneville” to 313131 to receive those updates, or visit www.downtowngreeneville.com. 

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