“We have some exciting things going on,” said Brent Graden, the city's economic development director. “Among them, we have six new businesses coming in, which should lead to some interesting developments.”
Those businesses, all restaurants, include a new McDonald's which will open up adjacent to Wendy's on North Lake Drive; a new Mexican restaurant that will open up near Dairy Cheer, also on North Lake Drive; “Pig in a Poke” barbecue, which will move from its current location on Route 321, to a brand new location on University Drive; “Dadeo's,” featuring “eclectic cuisine” that will open the first week of September on Court Street, across from the Floyd County Justice Center; and two other restaurants featuring barbecue-style cuisine that are scheduled to open within city limits.
“With this many barbecue places going in, you know we'll be having a barbecue cook-off,” Graden said.
“The Fridays Alive concert series is also back and we're expecting good turnouts,” Graden continued. The popular concert series will kick off Aug. 3 with the Red Rooster Bluegrass Festival, featuring the band Fast Lane; followed by Gypsy Rose on Aug. 10; The Big Sandy Singers on Aug. 17; and SkateCore on Aug. 31.
Pig in a Poke will cater the August 3 Red Rooster event.
Also coming again in late summer will be the Prestonsburg Idol competition. Tryouts for Idol will be held on Sept. 7, with the final show and selection of winner to be held on Sept. 27.
All Fridays Alive! concerts will be held on the municipal stage and will begin at 6 p.m.
“We're also wireless city-wide now,” Graden informed the committee members. Wireless access routers are currently being installed in strategic locations throughout the city, and Graden said that many individuals have already informed him that they are pleased with this new addition to city services.
The summer 2007 “Big Sandy River Cleanup” event, sponsored by a PRIDE community grant, will also be held again during the warm weather months. “We're looking forward to a good turnout and getting our river cleaned up,” Graden said.
Plans to provide park seating throughout the downtown area were also discussed at the meeting, with committee member Linda Ritchie suggesting that seating in the downtown fountain area would be a nice addition.
The committee also voted to approve the adoption of the formation of a new city Farmer's Market that would be open to local farmers and patrons in the downtown area.
Other downtown revitalization projects were introduced such as awning and painting projects in an effort to beautify and highlight the historic buildings of the downtown area.
The next meeting of the Prestonsburg Renaissance committee will be held on Tuesday, August 14, at 7 p.m., at City Hall.