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Downtown Branson to Get 5 Year, $5 Million Makeover

BRANSON, Mo. -- Downtown Branson is a top destination for visitors and locals in the Ozarks. Now, it’s getting a makeover that will take five years.
BRANSON, Mo. -- Downtown Branson is a top destination for visitors and locals in the Ozarks.
Now, it’s getting a makeover that will take five years.

Phase one includes removing and replacing trees and signs along pacific and commercial along the southern edge of downtown.

Steve Hartley owns Dick's 5 & 10 on Main Street and says they're excited for the bright future for downtown.

"People can come to this area and stay a few days with the Branson landing and the historic downtown, we can become a destination within ourselves,” says Hartley.

Economic Development Director Garrett Anderson says the plans include replacing trees, benches and street lamps while fixing the area's infrastructure.

"We are going to push a lot of our street furniture and street lights to the street edge to increase walkability,” says Anderson.

The City will reopen bidding after higher bids were rejected for construction on five phases to revamp the area.

"For a couple of different reasons, those bids had to be rejected so we are going to go out and rebid this summer,” says Anderson.

Cris Bohinc from the Downtown Branson Betterment Association (DBBA) says the project will fill empty store fronts.

"We believe these will fill those vacancies, our property owners become more successful, our entire community by having more businesses,” says Bohinc.

While business owners are doing what they can to make it through the construction phases, the DBBA is helping out by replacing these signs with new ones saying preservation and progress.

Bohinc says it’s just one way to welcome people to be a part of history for Branson.

"Everybody knows we're open,” says Bohinc. “Open for business through the entire time and let them know this is a beautiful thing and get them excited.”

Anderson says doing it during the off season and minimizing damage business is their goal.

"We don't want to tear up everybody's streets and make it hard for the customers to arrive at their front door,” says Anderson.

Hartley says that will keep all business owners positive for the finished product.

“You have to take one step back and five forward," says Hartley.

There's a question and answer meeting Tuesday night at City Hall beginning at 4:30.

The public is invited to attend.

Construction on phase one will begin in October and should be finished by Memorial Day.

The project should cost about $5 million.

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