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Americus invests in revitalizing downtown

The city of Americus is spending a million dollars to revitalize part of downtown. (Source: WALB) The city of Americus is spending a million dollars to revitalize part of downtown. (Source: WALB)
Bittersweet co-owner Elena Alabomonte (Source: WALB) Bittersweet co-owner Elena Alabomonte (Source: WALB)
Americus Planning Inspection Director Josh Roth (Source: WALB) Americus Planning Inspection Director Josh Roth (Source: WALB)
Bittersweet co-owner Elena Alabomonte likes the idea of having a stop just steps from her shop. (Source: WALB) Bittersweet co-owner Elena Alabomonte likes the idea of having a stop just steps from her shop. (Source: WALB)

The city of Americus is spending a million dollars to revitalize part of downtown.

Americus leaders want to make it easier for people to visit downtown.

They believe the new train stop will boost traffic for local businesses.

Construction is breathing life into downtown in Americus where these piles of rubble will be transformed into sidewalks and a SAM Shortline train station.

Breaking up old concrete is the first step toward revitalizing South Jackson Street.

The end result could boost profits for downtown businesses like Bittersweet, where workers spend their day grinding fresh coffee beans.

And fixing the perfect cappuccino.

The Church Street station is nearly a mile away.

Bittersweet co-owner Elena Alabomonte likes the idea of having a stop just steps from her shop.

"We might be a place where people would like to come and bring their children. We have a lot of kid-friendly drinks, coffee, frappes which are like a milkshake type of drink," said Alabomonte.

Since last May, Alabomonte has seen quite the change on her street.

"Two years ago, it was empty," said Alabomonte.

Now, there are shops up and down the street, and city leaders believe the new train stop will lead to more development.

City leaders believe it will motivate folks that are coming off the train to come downtown.

Josh Roth is overseeing the million dollar project on the acre of land.

"It just fits perfect for these ones to be able to get right downtown for the shops and the food that they can enjoy for our local economy," said Roth. 

"They have done a great job, there's a whole Renaissance plan," said Alabomonte.

Right now, the city is also working on the streetscape part of the project.

The train depot is expected to open in the Spring.

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