FT. THOMAS, KY (FOX 19) - Work crews are working furiously to finish a multi-million dollar renovation of the Midway District in Ft. Thomas ready for the 4th of July.
Crews have been improving roads, sidewalks, and business storefronts for about a year in the district, which is on S. Ft. Thomas Ave. The renovations are part of the "Ft. Thomas Renaissance" group of city projects.
"We're looking for anyone who's an entrepreneur and who has kind of an unusual business. We are not trying to remake anybody else's town, but we've got some great businesses here and we'd like to increase that number," says Debbie Buckley, city renaissance manager.
The plan is to have the district looking brand new in time for the city's "Fourth at the Fort" festivities. Crews are also working to renovate parts of Tower Park and the Ft. Thomas Fort.
For some small businesses like Sarellis Cafe and Catering, the end of all the work is a welcome sight.
"It's really nice now that the sidewalk's actually open and people can use it. We do get a lot more foot traffic and I hope it really picks up after they are finished on Saturday, " says owner Sarah Cole.
Cole says her business has relied on the catering to make ends meet during all the renovation work. Now she hopes there will be an increase in foot traffic and walk-in business for the cafe. Cole is also planning on a small expansion.
"I know we wanted to do some more sign age outside and possibly a deck in the back," says Cole.