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May 16, 2014

Ribbons cut, sidewalks celebrated in Marlow

MARLOW — After 48 weeks of construction, the City of Marlow celebrated its grand sidewalk opening  on Thursday in front of the Lions Club building.    

To official unveil the $1.3 million project, four blue ribbons on each corner of the Broadway and Main street intersection were cut to the applause and cheers of about 50 townspeople.

The project took five years from its conception to its finish, said City Administrator Jason McPherson.

“It was a lot of hard work, especially for these downtown businesses,” he said. “That’s really what this was about. This was for the downtown businesses. We wanted to give them a night where people came together and shopped in their stores. They got to open their doors for a little exra time and that’s what we wanted, to give back to them for all their work they gave to us.”

McPherson commented that Marlow pulled together to hold the grand opening.

“The Chamber of Commerce helped us out a lot and of course we had the sidewalk committee that helped us out quite a bit,” he said. “It was a neat idea. The downtown businesses helped out putting it together. You know, without their help, it doesn’t go off. I thought the ribbon cutting was a pretty cool idea.”

The construction was completed with a team of about seven employees from Rudy Construction in Oklahoma City. About 600 yards of concrete was put down.

“It’s great,” McPherson said. “It’s made all the difference in the world. We have a new business going in -- a furniture business -- that was attracted because of the sidewalks. We’ve got businesses improving their look. Everybody seems to be really excited about the way it came out.”

Local business owners agreed that the sidewalks will offer more for their businesses and Marlow. Although the process was painful for some, Sherri Maxwell, owner of A Touch of Bliss, looks forward to seeing what the rennovation can offer her.

“It’s picking back up. I think it’ll just be nice to have sidewalks that are not cracked. I think it’ll be more inviting,” she said.

Because the night was dedicated to these businesses, attendees of the event were entered into a raffle for gift certificates to the surrounding shops courtesy of Marlow Economic Development Authority.

The sidewalk renovation is not the only project Marlow is working toward.

McPherson is also looking forward to turning an armory into the new library, adding a splash pad to Marlow in the fall, adding a new transformer and about a mile of new sewerline east of town.

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