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October 11, 2012

Main Street debuts new town video

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Corsicana Main Street recently partnered with Eastex Productions on a new downtown revitalization video for Corsicana. The 3-plus minute video features footage of many public projects that took place this spring, such as brick street repair, sidewalk reconstruction and ADA-compliant ramp installations, as well as private rehabilitation projects on several historic commercial buildings. In on-camera interviews, local investors, contractors, residents and business owners describe downtown Corsicana as a great place to invest, set up shop and live.

“We hope the video will catch the eye of potential investor-developers, restaurateurs, retailers, entrepreneurs and residents,” explained Corsicana Main Street Director Steve Dieterichs.

The video has already received accolades from downtown professionals across the state, after being distributed via the Texas Downtown Association and Texas Main Street list-serves.

“I think it rang a bell with a lot of communities which are seeing a similar uptick in redevelopment activity,” Dieterichs explained.

According to numbers provided by the Texas Main Street Program, the first two quarters of 2012 found impressive reinvestment into the 83 Texas Main Street districts. During the January-June 2012 time frame there was private sector reinvestment of $43.4 million, including $21.2 million in 488 private rehabilitation projects; more than $9.2 million in new construction and almost $13 million in the sale/purchase of 87 downtown properties. Public projects totaled $79.6 million for the same period.

Dieterichs said reinvestment in downtown Corsicana during the first two quarters of this year exceeded the annual totals for both 2010 and 2011, and there is no sign of a let up for the rest of this year.

“I walked Beaton Street last week and heard whispers of a photographer, cupcakerie, two sub shops and a florist potentially looking for space downtown,” he said. “It’s no surprise, really; downtown Corsicana offers consumers and producers an affordable urban cultural experience in an historic setting with rural character, all within an hour of one of Texas’ busiest cities.”

Eastex Productions is owned by Logan Harris, a Longview native and current film student at the Art Institute of Dallas. The downtown revitalization video is available on the Corsicana Main Street Program’s Facebook page, and on Vimeo and YouTube.

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