Recently completed Gateway Projects welcome visitors to Williamston

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Several Envision Williamston beautification projects are in the process of being completed throughout downtown Williamston.
Kyle Blackston and his team at Carolina’s Best Landscaping recently put the final touches on six Envision Williamston gateway and Greenway projects.
The Gateway projects include three new rock “Welcome to Historic Downtown Williamston” signs located on Anderson Drive near the intersection with West Main, East Main across from the new Dollar Tree store and North Hamilton at the town limit.
Recent work on the projects include adding plants, irrigation, paint, lettering and lighting. The gateway signs have also been decorated with red ribbons for the holiday season.
The beautification project also includes three landscaped Greenways.
The projects are a part of the Williamston Downtown Acceleration Program (WDAP) which has been underway for several months. Key component
ts of the streetscaping initiative includes business facade improvements, banner program expanded to Greenville and Anderson Drive, a decal project and a mural project.
Funding for the Williamston Downtown Acceleration Program is provided through an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant.
Envision Williamston also recently completed the second mural in a three part mural contest project as part of the WDAP.
Palmetto High Art Teacher Gregg Davis and a team of art students have been working to transpose each design into murals for the project.
The newest mural, entitled “Mineral Waters: Then and Now”, designed by Heather Dowell, is now up on the side of Friendly’s Barber Shop on Greenville Drive. Art students Kerrigan Campbell and Rebecca Stephen, along with Davis, did most of the painting on it.
“A big “thank you” to Mayor Pro Tem Tony Hagood for prepping his help in prepping the wall and to Rodney Ragsdale and his team at Ragsdale Decks for putting the mural up,” Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall said. “A very special “Thank you” to Gregg Davis, Palmetto High School Art Teacher, who worked with his students to paint the mural!”
The first mural, “Modern Spring”, designed by Rebecca Vaughn, was placed on a building located between the Historic Davenport Home and the Williamston Fire Department on West Main Street earlier this year.
The project will include one more mural, “Unbroken Chain of Mineral Spring Water” designed by local artist and teacher Thomas Addison.

 

Pictured – The newest Envision Williamston mural, entitled “Mineral Waters: Then and Now”, is now up on the side of Friendly’s Barber Shop on Greenville Drive. It was designed by Heather Dowell. Palmetto High School Art students Kerrigan Campbell and Rebecca Stephen, along with teacher Gregg Davis, did the painting.

Pictured – Three new “Welcome to Williamston” Gateway signs have recently been completed. Work on the projects include adding plants, irrigation, paint, lettering and lighting. The gateway signs have also been decorated for the holiday season.