Farmington plans to revitalize downtown area

Posted at: 02/13/2013 6:29 PM
Updated at: 02/13/2013 10:15 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Bev Taylor has managed Artifacts Art Gallery for nearly 15 years, but the building's been there a lot longer. 

"My business happens to be in a building built in 1908 and it started as a lumber and hardware store," said Taylor.
Bev's business is right at the east entrance of historic downtown, where the city has big plans for the area. 
Last night the city council voted to give $75,000 from the metropolitan redevelopment area fund and put it towards the gateway project. 
The gateway project will include two bookend monuments, and an art installation to let people know they're entering a part of history. 
This is the only marker that shows you're in historic downtown Farmington and the MRA hopes the gateway project will bring a much more visually pleasing display.
But not every city councilor likes the idea, like Mary Fischer.
"I prefer to see a plan and what I want to see is how this particular funding fits within that plan," said Fischer. 
 But planners say this project is just the beginning of big changes for a piece of Farmington with a lot of history to share.