Eastern Blvd. gets a new look - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Eastern Blvd. gets a new look

Clarksville's Eastern Blvd. used to be the town's primary area for shopping and business.  But over the years, its facilities and offerings have declined as Lews and Clark Parkway and Veterans Parkway have developed into modern commercial areas with malls and "big box" stores. 

So Clarksville leaders are spending $5 million to totally rebuild Eastern Blvd.  Work is underway to develop new, wider driving lanes, turn lanes, sidewalks, benches, lighting and landscaping.  The hope is that the new infrastructure will encourage existing private businesses to improve their properties and attract in new development.  The approach is already paying off. 

Several longtime businesses which were considering moving have decided to stay.  Russell Gay, the owner of Oreck Vaccums, is not only staying, he is building a large new showroom that will also have room for other business tenants. 

The Eastern Blvd. work will take about a year to complete. 

Meanwhile, Clarksville is considering another major investment to keep the momentum going.  It is considering turning the vacant Value City building into a new town hall and leveling a faltering complex nearby where a new public park would be created.  The goal is to create a small town "Main Street" feel on Eastern that will cater to smaller, locally-owned shops and restaurants. 

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