ENTERPRISE, AL (WSFA) - The city of Enterprise is the first city in Alabama to receive money from the economic stimulus package.
City leaders will use the money to continue a three phase downtown redevelopment project that began back in 2002.
Since work began almost seven years ago the city of Enterprise has spent over $1 million to redevelop the downtown area.
Initial work included refurbishing of the old train depot and adding new streetlights and brick paved sidewalks along College Street.
Now that the city is receiving a 100% grant worth more than $800,000 they'll be able to finish the three phase project sooner than expected.
"Our long term plan was to extend the sidewalks down Main Street and this is certainly something that is making it happen now instead of five or ten years down the road," says Steve Hicks, Enterprise City Clerk.
Phases two and three will extend the brick paved sidewalks for six blocks along main street; bringing the city's total investment in downtown to $2.7 million.
"As we go and work this project in, it will help us make it better and attract more people into the downtown area," added Hicks.
City leaders are looking forward to building off the progress here in downtown.
Currently there aren't any future projects set in stone but officials say they're looking to see what type of grant money is up grabs that can be used for future projects.
The city is expecting all three phases to be completed by March or April of next year.