Sumiton Main Street still progressing

By RICK WATSON
Posted 9/6/18

SUMITON - Heather Nelson, who heads up the downtown Sumiton Main Street renovation committee, gave the Sumiton City Council an update on Tuesday. Nelson said her group formed a renovation …

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Sumiton Main Street still progressing

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SUMITON - Heather Nelson, who heads up the downtown Sumiton Main Street renovation committee, gave the Sumiton City Council an update on Tuesday.

 Nelson said her group formed a renovation committee for Main Street Sumiton. The committee — which includes Paula Birmingham Moore, Connie McLemore, Shirley Fields, and several others — met last week to start planning additional renovation activities.

 The committee decided to schedule a community clean-up on Main Street and encourage businesses and residents to clean-up storefronts and around their homes.

This clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 8 a.m. The committee is reaching out to local high schools for volunteers to help with the clean-up.

“We will offer community services hours for those who come out to help,” Nelson said.

 The goal is to make the downtown area more inviting to help inspire more economic growth throughout that area, according to Nelson. The committee is working on a wish list of businesses they’d like to attract downtown.

“We want to have a restaurant and a coffee shop down there,” she said. The committee is compiling a wish list of businesses that would draw people downtown to shop.

 One suggestion the renovation committee gave to  the city was demolishing the cinderblock apartment complex at the corner of State and Main Street. Mayor Petey Ellis agreed that the building should come down at a council meeting in July.

Since that meeting, the building has been torn down, and workmen are hauling off the debris. That project is close to completion.

“We’d love to have a small pocket park right there with benches and a fountain,” Nelson said.

 The committee started a Facebook page to help with information sharing for those interested in this effort. The page is called Shop Sumiton.  

 “There’s a lot of conversation going on about what’s being done and seems like most of it positive,” Ellis said. It all seems like it’s putting a positive spin on things, according to Ellis.