CROWLEY – “At last,” smiled Mayor Greg Jones Friday morning as the cement mixer began to turn and the “ditch” which has been on southbound Parkerson Ave. just south of the Courthouse began to fill with cement.
While some people have been complaining about the Historic Downtown Redevelopment Project hindering access to some of the downtown businesses, officials have been urging residents to exercise patience while the project takes place. It has also been emphasized that all Parkerson Ave. businesses are open and accessible. The project has been planned for years and earlier this year Mayor Jones recently mentioned how he couldn’t wait until next year’s Rice Festival so that residents and visitors as well could see the improvement, appeal, and overall attractiveness of Crowley’s downtown area once the project is completed.
The pouring of the cement on Parkerson St. represented a milestone in the project’s development. It was the first section of Parkerson Ave. to be filled with cement and will allow people to get a small visual sample of how Parkerson Ave. will look once the project is completed.
In today’s public forum section of the Post Signal, Mayor Jones wrote a letter to Crowley’s citizens thanking them for their patience and urging them to keep shopping downtown.