Wetumpka one step closer to downtown revival

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - If anyone wants a makeover in downtown Wetumpka, it's Brooke Poague. She opened her law firm there with hopes the area would be revived.

"When you look at Prattville and Montgomery and other surrounding towns and what they've been able to do in their downtowns, I hope the same thing for Wetumpka."

She believes the city is closer to that goal after council members approved allocating money for a master revitalization plan.

"We're very excited about that," adds Poague.

But before the plan is created, community leaders, and a Montgomery-based architectural firm want to hear what residents want.

When it comes to downtown Wetumpka's revitalization plan, officials insist that members of the public have a say. That's why they're opening up spots on planning committees for volunteers to serve.

"It's their government. It's their tax dollars. We want to make sure that we spend it correctly," adds Willis.

Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis and the architects believe this is a prime time to revitalize--when many other cities are doing it, too.

"This is a roadmap that helps us get to where we need to be," says Willis.

Poague says she would like to serve on a committee.  Not only that, she's using Facebook to spread the word about an event called Pump the Tump--a weekend designed to bring folks downtown--anything to get the heart of this once vibrant city center beating again.

Members of the architectural firm say they'll take the suggestions from the meeting and come up with ideas for a plan. They expect it to be finalized this coming spring.

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