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Eyesore to Come Down and Sidewalks to be Built in Callaway

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Callaway's Community Redevelopment Agency is back at it again.

An eyesore that has plagued a block on Tyndall Parkway for more than seven years is being deconstructed to make room for new business.

"The building is the former Sonic Drive-In and it's been sitting vacant for a number of years now and has really just deteriorated," said Michael Fuller from the Callaway Planning Department.  

Fuller says this project is change people can see.

"They can see that their CRA money is being spent in an effort to beautify the community in an effort to revitalize the area," said Fuller. "In this case, not only is the building going to be demolished, it is going to make way for a redevelopment project so that we are really excited about."

But the city isn't stopping there. They have also received approximately $130,000 for the design, engineering, and construction of the sidewalks along Tyndall Parkway.

"We have received funding to continue these north along Tyndall Parkway north of Highway 22," said Fuller. "Basically, to around 11th street."

Fullers says this will be a big help for pedestrians and trolley users. Like Miss Green who uses the roadway to travel to her stop on the route.

"Since I'm in a wheel chair it would be a lot more convenient," said Green. "Especially for people with special needs and stuff."

"It's a real benefit because currently there is no sidewalks to speak of along that segment of Tyndall Parkway," said Fuller. "This will be very beneficial for those who want to get from business to business, or want to walk to the Walmart, or even get to the local trolley stops."  

The city has also been approached by real estate brokers to develop The Galleria shopping plaza. Now owned by a bank, the site had once been a potential spot for a movie theatre and bowling alley.

"We are trying to work together to try to attract some larger commercial development there," said Fuller. "At this point it's too early to say what, but we are excited about what could happen."

Fuller says the sidewalk project plans are nearly complete and construction could start as early as the next fiscal year.