Kyler Bridge Company began work on Phase 2 of Streetscape bright and early that morning. "It's going well. They've got everything marked and sighted so Cadiz Public Works can do demolition," said Cindy Sholar, Main Street Coordinator.
The entire project will consist of new sidewalks, complete with utilities and wiring and six new streetlights. The total price of the project is $265,939. The City received a grant for $200,000, of this sum.
Kyler Bridge Company is a local construction group. "We are very excited to have a local company do the work for us. That was a big inspiration that the grant money will be staying in the county," Sholar said. Construction should be completed in 45 - 60 days.
Phase 2 of the project began just in time for a big announcement from the governor. Governor Ernie Fletcher announced that the Renaissance Kentucky program will undergo programmatic changes that will streamline operations and assist cities working to enhance their downtowns. In order to honor these changes the Renaissance Kentucky program will be renamed, Renaissance on Main. The name was originally used by the directors of the Cadiz Renaissance Program. Government officials thought this was a good incorporation of both the Renaissance idea and the Main Street theme.
"We've always thought it was one of the better names and it incorporated both the Renaissance Program and the Main Street Program. The fact that they thought that we had the best name was a real honor," said Sholar.
"Kentucky’s downtowns are the core of our communities. It is critical that we maintain the rich heritage that makes them unique while ensuring that they have the infrastructure and physical appeal that is attractive to perspective businesses and tourists," Governor Fletcher said.
The revitalized program will be more structured and will offer more incentive to city's that have a structured downtown program. "I have been assured that we are in good standings with the new program guidelines," Sholar said, "It will narrow the playing field and I think it will benefit us."