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Construction to Begin in Downtown Broken Arrow

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Efforts continue to reshape and remake Main Street in Broken Arrow. The City is starting to work on the sidewalks and mid street cross walk next week. The idea is to make the area more quaint and give it a homey feeling.

The improvements will include wider sidewalks to give more space for people to walk and for sales. Also, the traffic will go from four lanes to three and there will be additional electrical outlets for more festivals and events downtown. Local businesses are excited about the improvements, but are nervous for change.

"There is a little bit of me that is scared for the changes in the future," Owner of Your Design, Alisa Inglett said.

Your Design has been in downtown for four years. They mainly do custom framing, but have local artwork and antiques. Inglett wanted to be downtown because of the history and is glad people are starting to notice.

"Every year there are more and more people walking up and down the street and it's just really exciting to see the transition and actually be here and witness it all," Inglett said.

Other businesses are getting in on the start of the fun.

"It's going to be the new nurseries permanent home for decades to come and it happens to be less than half a mile away from the Rose District," Owner of Rose Inc., Karen Garder said.

Gardner is also in charge of the landscape and planter changes to the area. She is working with the city to design a unique place for several types of roses to be displayed. Gardner lives in Broken Arrow and visits downtown often so she is glad to help with the design to get more to come to Main Street.

"We are all just trying to bring it together and create something sustainable for future generations, to appreciate nature, to appreciate the gardens, and to appreciate the places they come from," Gardner said.

Gardner hopes the roses will get people to walk from one side of the street to the other and explore the many businesses. In the Raw has already started construction and Bruhouse Bar and Grill will be moving into the old Angus Inn.

The construction is expected to be complete in October. The Broken Arrow Chamber says at least six more businesses are expected to move in the area in coming three months.

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