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Big changes coming to downtown Bixby

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 19:20:13-05

BIXBY, Okla. -- Big changes are coming to downtown Bixby and city leaders are hoping the renovations bring in visitors and businesses to their main hub.

Creative Coffee House is one of the newest additions to downtown Bixby after opening doors last week.

"Since we’ve been here there’s already been two or three businesses that have opened besides us so we see that it’s really starting to grow," said Donna Ragsdale, Owner of Creative Coffee House.

The owners wanted to be in Bixby near big names like Scott's Hamburgers, after hearing about revitalization plans downtown.

"It’s going to be great, and we’re glad to be a part of it," said Brent Ragsdale, Owner of Creative Coffee House.

The Streetscape project includes new sidewalks, street lighting, renovated streets and parking, and a brand new archway towering over the intersection of Dawes and Armstrong.

Residents are hoping these improvements bring in new businesses to Bixby.

"I think some more little fun shops would be great, maybe an antique shop would be fun," said Debbie Stanhope, Bixby resident.

The project follows the redesign of Charley Young Event Park which is right in the middle of downtown Bixby.

"We had a little park with a little slide, and now we have a big beautiful park with a new playground and a lot of areas for kids to run and a stage," said Stanhope.

City leaders understand the challenges of downtown Bixby being tucked off of Memorial Drive, but believe some improvements will draw crowds in to see what Bixby has to offer.

The project costs about $20 million, which comes from the Vision 2025 tax that voters approved back in November of 2015.

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