BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The first block of Main Street Batesville's new streetscape is almost complete.
The nonprofit organization hopes as spring flowers start blooming on Main Street, so will business.
Crews were putting some of the finishing touches on it Friday, landscaping and painting angled parking spots.
Joel Williams, executive director of Main Street Batesville, said the number one complaint from business owners before the project started was there is not enough parking.
Now, Williams said parking availability should increase by at least 35%.
Region 8 News spoke with shoppers who said these changes, plus the new curbs and greenery, add more eye candy to the historic street.
And that's what Williams was hoping for.
"There has been a lot more business," Williams said. "We've noticed a lot more of the spots have been filled up. Everybody's coming to check it out now."
Williams said the organization will host the Main Street Batesville Block Party Saturday April 25 to dedicate the first finished block and celebrate the changes with the community.
Williams said another upcoming event on Main Street is the farmer's market, which kicks off the first weekend in May.
"That's going to be a huge boom, too," Williams said. "So many people will be down there for that and they'll want to walk up and down the street to check out all the different stores."