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Columbia Businesses Donate To Help Revitalize Downtown

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by Janet Kim

COLUMBIA,Tenn. - Through its Duck Riverwalk Project, Columbia has added walking trails and improved streetscapes.

It's a revitalization project that was seven years in the making, but when the money ran out, some of the vision couldn't be made a reality. That's when business leaders stepped up to the plate.  

For close to 30 years, Rick Alexander has watched both his business and his city grow.  "It's one of the best places in town to sit and watch traffic when you're not busy," said Alexander. 

He knows his success is tied to the appeal of downtown Columbia. The city's $6 million Duck Riverwalk Project was a welcomed venture. However, when it came to down to the final touches, the city came up short in funding.

"We got all the way to the very end and just ran out of enough funds to be able to put finishing touches on our public art and mainly our fountain that we lack today," said Columbia's Director of Development Services Norman Wright.  

It's why 18 downtown businesses came up with the funds to pay for the fountain that will sit at the roundabout on 6th and Main Street. For the business leaders, it isn't just a piece of art, but a sign better days are still ahead.

"As long as they're happy when they're here, they'll come back," said Alexander.

The businesses will spend $9,000 to build a three-tiered fountain, and it will be donated to the city.  This week, Columbia city council voted unanimously to accept the donation.

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