BOONVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – It finally feels and looks like fall in Warrick County. There is plenty of orange pumpkins in the windows and cones on the street, but only half of these tricks will stick around much longer.
A decade of planning and almost a year of work is soon ending in Boonville. The city is celebrating a new refreshed courthouse square.
There’s the old saying, you get what you pay for and Mayor Charlie Wyatt thinks the city has won big with this project. He believes millions of dollars well-spent has turned their square into something special.
“I am very excited,” Wyatt said Friday before the dedication.
Wyatt anticipates this overhaul to sidewalks and the street will jolt downtown business and beyond.
You can count Robert Huffman as one business owner glad this Halloween will be a little less spooky.
“We might as well have been closed for the last 3 months,” Huffman said. He owns Nancy Joe’s Hidden Treasures adjacent to the judicial center.
“We’ve had those cones lining these streets for several months.”
Huffman says new diagonal parking and one-way streets will make access to his shop much easier. Sidewalks have now been replaced, but it was a long road to get there.
“If you walked these sidewalks before, they were terrible, they were caving in and crumbling,” Wyatt said.
The city and county split the $2.6 million price tag. Work has been non-stop for more than a year.
The Square Flair celebrates the opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is food, music, and entertainment.
Huffman thinks all the work will pay off. “It’s a big improvement,” he said.
This story was originally published on October 4, 2019