The Main Street Vision
The Duncanville Community & Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), a non-profit corporation established in 1995 and charged with the responsibility of promoting economic development through a half-cent sales tax, began discussing the need for redevelopment in 1998. While investigating economic development options available within Duncanville, the need to identify and revitalize strategic areas of the City became obvious. Potential target areas for redevelopment were then evaluated. The Main Street corridor was soon identified as a priority and a key component to creating a sustainable community. Concurrently, the need for a clear plan for redevelopment also became evident.
After much thought and study by city leaders and the DCEDC, the Main Street Vision was unveiled. The Main Street Vision is a formal plan to transform Main Street from a disconnected chain of businesses into a seamless, integrated socio-economic epicenter. It further endeavors to infuse Main Street, the 2.7 mile artery connecting Interstate 20 and Highway 67, with new life, activity and density which is lacking in many first tier suburbs.
Main Street Update
Why the Project?
The key to a great downtown is its streets. Main Street must not only move cars effectively, it needs to feel safe and inviting to people who want to live and shop there. The first improvement recommended by the Duncanville Main Street Plan was the re-invention of North Main Street, the surrounding public parking areas and the sidewalks. From the Center Street intersection to the Davis Street intersection, North Main has been improved to encourage convenient public parking, a pleasant walking and café experience between businesses and a calm, but efficient traffic movement. This lasting public investment compliments future private investment.
Project Status and Next Steps
In the summer of 2009, Public Meetings were conducted to receive input from the public. Based on those comments received, construction plans were finalized. Construction of the Phase 1 improvements began in spring 2011 and was completed in December 2011.