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Downtown Anna is seen in 2014.

ANNA — Anna City Council approved a of bid $187,737.37 by E.T. Simonds on the next part of its Downtown Improvement Project during its regular meeting April 18. 

“This is phase three of four-phase project,” Anna City Administrator Steve Guined said.

The project includes an improvement of sidewalks, decorative lighting and resurfacing streets downtown. It added ornamental lighting, benches and some landscaping, as well.

Phase one included improvements to East Davie Street. Phase two included work on Main Street.

Phase three encompasses several side streets off Main, West Davie, Washington and Lafayette streets.

Guined said sidewalks have been completed in all those areas. This bid was on street overlay to be done this spring. The bid will include resurfacing streets and city parking lots, and striping the parking lots.

“The work is scheduled for the last two weeks of June, so it should be finished by the end of June,” Guined said.

Phase four of the project will be on the east side of the railroad tracks.

“IDOT is planning to redo the four-way stop (at the intersection of Main and Vienna streets) this fall or next spring. We are going to wait until they are finished to do phase four,” Guined said.

All four projects are expected to cost about $1.2 million when they are completed.

Guined said the city has worked really hard on the project. The work has helped bring new businesses downtown, too, he said.

“It’s contributed to the new vibe downtown. I don’t know that we have an empty building downtown. All are in use or being remodeled for new businesses,” Guined said.

He added that there are nearly 300 parking spaces downtown, and they are full or nearly full on some evenings.  

“We have a nice mix of different things (downtown),” Guined said. “We are really pleased with it.”

The city of Anna also is doing an extensive project at the 50-acre city park that will include new tennis and basketball courts, parking, new bathrooms, a concession area with seating at picnic tables, some benches and landscaping.

“We are really excited about that. That project will cost about $350,000 and about half is coming from a state grant,” Guined said. “The park is really looking nice. We’ve put a lot of work in our park.”

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Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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