Downtown Montgomery Projects Update

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By CBS-8 Reporter

Over the past few years the city of Montgomery has proposed a number of projects in downtown Montgomery.

Some are moving forward while others have hit a road block.

Montgomery residents will soon see improvements at Overlook Park.

Construction work that will connect it to the Downtown Farm is set to begin early this fall.

The winds of change are blowing through Montgomery bringing new additions to Overlook Park.

Chad Emerson, Director of Development says work will begin on a knee wall which creates an edge to the park and additional green space.

Crews will also build a staircase that will lead to the Downtown farm.

Chad Emerson, Director of Development with the City of Montgomery, says "The idea is that you will be able to get all the way from Maxwell Air force base in a safe convenient attractive way really all the way down eventually to the amphitheater as the Riverwalk continues across the bridge and so the idea is Overlook Park has some of the best views in Montgomery."

It's a view visitors James and Patricia Sandlin of Verbena stopped to enjoy.

"The river the water I mean this is refreshing and all and the garden too," said Sandlin.

Emerson says the city is also looking at redesigning the pavilion to make it more attractive and reconfiguring Maxwell Boulevard to create more parking.

"Now that Clay and Heron are two ways they handle a lot of the traffic in and out of the city so Maxwell Boulevard especially the east side of the interstate will be brought down eventually to a two lane road which is going to mean a more pedestrian walk-able setting," said Emerson.

Emerson says the city left a space in the Maxwell Boulevard plans for an airforce museum but a spokesperson for the mayor's office confirmed that plans for Wright Flyers Museum are no longer viable.

Emerson says the city is counting a new library and childrens museum at Questplex to draw tourists to Montgomery. Fundraising for that project is ongoing.

Back in 2009 the city had hopes for an aquarium as a major tourist attraction. Officials tell me that concept is dead in the water for now because there is no source of funding for the project.

Work on Overlook Park is expected to start in September.

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