BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Major changes could be coming to Main Street in downtown Batesville.
Joel Williams, executive director of Main Street Batesville, said the nonprofit is currently testing new angled parking spots and a narrowed, one-lane road with an s-curve to slow traffic.
The extra space will create larger walking areas and additional parking spots.
"I grew up here on Main Street with my family's business," said Curt Thompson with Thompson's Jewelry.
That day may come sooner rather than later if Main Street Batesville's plan becomes a reality.
Williams said he will make it happen because the project is personal.
"I come from a downtown where our Main Street died," Williams said. "My family runs a third-generation hardware store on it and we are successful. We were able to hold on and really live through it because we took care of our own."
However, Williams said he wants the city of Batesville to take care of its own so individual families do not struggle alone like his did.
"I look at it [downtown Batesville] now and I can tell that we are on the right path and we can definitely help make this Main Street into a better environment. Give people a reason to come downtown again."