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Downtown Duncan unveils renovation plans

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A proposed plan for the renovated streetscape of Main Street in Duncan. (Courtesy Stewart Inc.) A proposed plan for the renovated streetscape of Main Street in Duncan. (Courtesy Stewart Inc.)
DUNCAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The town of Duncan has approved a new master plan to renovate and make downtown more "people-friendly."

At Monday's town council meeting, leaders approved a formal plan to promote downtown with tree-lined streets, sidewalks, safe crossings, bike lanes and an overall new look to the area.

Five blocks of Main Street from Spencer to Moore Street will be a part of the plan, which will include two pocket parks near Town Hall and redevelopment of current buildings.

SLIDESHOW: Before and after pics of proposed plans

The first park would be placed in front of Town Hall, where there is currently a small parking lot. Parking would still be available along Highway 290 and in nearby lots.

The second park is planned at 150 Leonard St. where Spartanburg County District 5 Sports and Activities Council owns a building surrounded by a grass field.

The proposed budgets for the two parks, streetscape and more could top $1.5 million with potential funding coming from different community funds, grants, the Mary Black Foundation and the South Carolina Department of Transportation - if approved.

The plans were first presented in January by Raleigh-based Stewart Inc. and have been supported by nonprofit Upstate Forever, city government and funding from Mary Black Foundation.

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