By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – A project to develop a green space in downtown Corinth through a collaboration between Main Street Corinth and Wick Street developers got a boost from the city with a proposed increase in Main Street Corinth’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
In the FY 2014 budget, which begins Oct. 1, the board of aldermen is proposing raising Main Street Corinth’s allocation from its current $12,000 to $20,000, a funding level it has had in the past.
A public hearing on the city’s proposed budget is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“We’re in the early stages of planning, so it’s not final what the space will look like,” Main Street Executive Director Taylor Coombs said of the property at the corner of Wick and Franklin Streets. “We’re working with Trey Albright and Stuart
Green and a local nursery on some ideas.”
Main Street Corinth also is seeking other grant funding to support the project. Albright and Green are extensively renovating a number of retail spaces along a two-block span of Wick Street, and a number of them are already occupied.
City officials have supported the effort to revitalize the area and have helped with city ordinance amendments to do so.
For several years, Main Street has held popular Slugburger Festival and Hog Wild Festival events at the Corinth Depot, which brings many local and out-of-town visitors to the Wick Street area. The Main Street board is working to enhance those festivals as well with the increased funding to widen their tourist appeal.