Continuing their concentrated effort to beautify the intersection of Second and Broadway, the Downtown Beautification Committee commissioned a pressure wash of the walls along the southeast corner of Second and Broadway last week.
Most notable of course was the north wall of the Savage Theater to the alley past Pat Finney’s beauty shop.
The committee is an arm of the Booneville Industrial Development Corporation and Petit Jean Regional Foundation.
Jeral Baker of the committee said the project, completed by Stephen Hochmuth of Hawk Wash in Greenwood, was raised through private donations rather than from the funding the committee acquired through state lawmakers or a grant from a $16,750 General Improvement Fund grant through the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District.
Those funds were used to create a mural, by Tony Hamby, on the side of building owned by the Jimmy Wilson family, as well as the installation of park benches, planters, track receptacles and trees throughout the downtown area of the city.
Baker said plans include repainting the wall.
Planned is a complete green area at the Broadway and Second intersection. In March the committee offered to to see that costs to remove the sidewalk from the southern intersection of Second and Broadway to the alley if the city will fund a new sidewalk but the city council has not officially acted on the matter.
The city did reconstruct the sidewalk area in front of its former home and the Booneville Democrat in September.