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ALBERT LEA, Minnesota - After years of planning and what seemed like endless months of construction, the Albert Lea Streetscape project is nearly done.
"It’s actually a great feeling to have people back down here again,” says Linda Knudsen.
Knudsen is the owner of Plymouth Shoe Store in downtown Albert Lea, she like many have been waiting patiently for the Streetscape construction to be complete on her block.
Because as many business owners will tell you, construction is never good for business.
"A little bit slower and then, we had, they started in May and they actually didn't get to our block actually until into June so yeah, you can always feel it,” Knudsen explains.
She says it was well worth the wait.
"The sidewalks the whole project turned out to be great, despite the wind today,” she adds.
That wind didn't stop hundreds of people from enjoying their new downtown.
“It gives us a place to go and be and be proud of.”
Mayor Vern Rasmussen along side City Manager Chad Adams held a project dedication in the middle of downtown.
"It's been a long time, we've really had a lot of conversations over the last several years to make this happen and I think its fun for everybody to really get a chance to kind of see what it's like,” he says.
The project is near completion but there are still a few things left to do.
"We just have some of the brick work really to do and a small amount of the cement work and some of the amenities like the light poles and things like that,” explains Rasmussen.
He says he expects the little that's left to be completed in the next few weeks.
The $4.6 million project was intended to replace again infrastructure but Rasmussen says the main goal is to bring neighbors together again.
"It took me 45 minutes to walk a block just from visiting with people and that's really what a community is about, getting out and enjoying each other,” he adds.
the celebration downtown continues Saturday night with a street dance on Broadway Avenue.
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