FORNEY, Texas — “Things are moving pretty great around here,” Forney Economic Development Director Warren Ketteman told inForney.com on Tuesday morning as crews were setting downtown “boulder” way-point signs and, separately, crews were working on a public-private partnership to construct a new, much-needed 72-space parking lot in downtown Forney.
These projects are in addition to past street, crosswalk, and parking improvement projects in downtown Forney aimed at revitalizing the district. With them, economic development and city officials have seen an increased demand for the limited downtown space.
Keen on expanding the downtown district, the City of Forney released a video envisioning a future downtown district and expansion eastward on East Main Street to the historic Booker T. Washington school and a proposed Victorian Village — both at the intersection of East Main Street and South Chestnut Street. Plans call for with unique and historic design elements.
“Forney EDC sees East Main Street as the opportunity to expand our downtown area," stated Ketteman. "Working with interested property owners, realtors, downtown developers and builders, we have a jewel in the rough."
"East Main Street can become the complementary piece to our small, but extremely vibrant, downtown area," he said.
Past downtown revitalization efforts expanded upon much-needed parking, helped delineate the downtown district boundaries with pedestrian-friendly crosswalks and reduced speed limits, and laid the ground work for the eastward expansion. The boulder way-point signs for downtown Forney and the latest parking lot project next to the Kaufman County sub-courthouse further expand upon that vision.
The way-point signs set on Tuesday morning were placed at Pinson Road and Broad Street, East Broad Street, and South Bois D'Arc Street.
As city and economic development officials, property and business owners, and developers continue to polish the jewel that is downtown Forney, plans are underway for an October "Brews on Bois D'Arc," the Forney Arts Council recently completed a Wine Walk in downtown, and other businesses, including Eno's, have sponsored activities showcasing the envisioned vibrancy and uniqueness of downtown Forney.
Continue scrolling for a complete power point presentation on the City of Forney's Downtown Expansion Project and a first-person walk-through video of the envisioned project.