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New look for downtown Jeffersonville

New sidewalks, state of the art Solar streetlights, and fresh landscaping help to spruce up downtown Jeffersonville.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Sarah Hawthorne has waited almost a decade to see downtown Jeffersonville spruced up.

Hawthorne is the chairperson for Jeffersonville's Downtown Development Authority. She says it took nearly ten years for the authority to get the additional funding they needed to complete the "Streetscape" project.

"We took a long time getting our local funding matched to that and we had to work with the railroad and all the people making their decisions," says Hawthorne.

Hawthorne believes Friday's ribbon cutting celebration set the stage for a brand new look for Jeffersonville.

"Something worth waiting for and it's something that shows determination and commitment," said Rep. Bubber Epps (R) of District 144, during the ceremony.

The new "Streetscape" features state of the art lighting.

"We have solar lighting in our Streetscape as well as new sidewalks, new landscaping trees, it's just beautiful," added Hawthorne.

Jeffersonville mayor, Shannon Hart, says the street scape project was a community effort and although it took a decade to complete, everyone who took part in making it happen can finally celebrate.

"There are people who worked on this who are no longer with us to see the plans come into fruition and they're with us today in spirit," says Hart.

Streetscape designer Tim Lake admits he worried the project wouldn't get enough funding.

"So many things that were necessities, not just wants, but absolute needs," says Tim Lake, owner of T. Lake Environmental Designs. "My biggest concern was making that fit within the budget and we've accomplished a lot I think for the money that we had to work with."



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