“The Bricks" will be ready for visitors in the upcoming weeks

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 8:45 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2020 at 5:03 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -In the upcoming weeks, North Platte residents will be able to visit the newly renovated downtown, known as “The Bricks.”

This year, “The Bricks” underwent a renovation project lead by the city with the assistance of the North Platte Downtown Association.

“The infrastructure below downtown is almost 100 years old," said Sarah Talbott, president of the North Platte Downtown Association. “While the city was working on that part of this project, the Downtown Association took this opportunity to give the whole area a face lift.”

With this renovation project, one of the primary roles of the association is provide final decisions on items such as planters, festoon lightning, benches, trash cans, digital boards, etc.

Phase one of the renovations began back in February over on Sixth Street. Construction concluded in that area earlier this year and traffic was restored in July. Phase two ends with the brick lay and clean up. The bricks were laid on September 24th.

Downtown visitors will soon be able to see the new festoon lightning from Fourth to Sixth Street and the addition of arch ways on Fourth and Dewey.

“One feature about the festoon lighting is the ability to change the colors of the light to reflect events or holidays going on in the community," said Talbott. "It will be great way to bring in the community.”

This new look for the area also comes with a name change. Downtown will soon be branded as the “Canteen District,” bringing in North Platte history to the area.

The renovations for downtown will be completed in early 2021. Some additions such as trees and planters will be added when the weather permits.

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