Athens Main Street received today [Tuesday, September 14, 2021] a grant from the Limestone County Legislative Delegation for the Merchants Alley Renovation Project.

The grant totaled $14,500 and put the total fundraising efforts for the renovation project over $120,000.

Here is a breakdown of the funds given by the delegation.

– Sen. Tim Melson – $5,000
– Rep. Danny Crawford – $5,000
– Rep. Andy Whitt – $2,000
– Sen. Tom Butler – $1,500
– Speaker Mac McCutcheon $1,000

“The Limestone County Legislative Delegation gave us the funds to cross the finish line for the Merchants Alley Renovation Project,” said Athens Main Street Executive Director Tere Richardson. “We truly appreciate the support from our local legislators.”

The alley is located in between Terranova’s Italian Restaurant and the Athens Main Street office on North Jefferson Street in downtown Athens.

The theme for the alley is “Amplify Athens.”  The series of works of art throughout the alley with music at its core engages in a multitude of ways, exploring the community’s roots in art and music.  The directional flow of the large mural is intentional with the goal of drawing the attention of drivers and pedestrians into the alley where they will encounter, upon completion of the renovation, additional planned art, such as the recently completed Brittany Howard mural, Art Passages, created by students from the Alabama Center for the Arts, and Selfie Murals created by local high school artists.

A grand opening of the Alley is tentatively scheduled for November 5, 2021. More details will be released at a later date.

About Athens Main Street

Athens Main Street (AMS) is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to the renovation, revitalization, and future growth of the City of Athens downtown area. AMS fulfills its purpose through public/private partnerships with the City of Athens, the Limestone County Commission, and many private organizations, businesses, and individuals.

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