WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - West Monroe was approved for a $99,000 master plan street scaping grant to start planning for potential changes to the downtown scene.
West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell said that she hopes to see more businesses, green spaces, and access to the river with kayaks and paddleboards.
"Our downtown is good but it could be better and we really think that we will see some serious improvements and changes within the next five years," said Mitchell.
Memory Lane Antiques owner, Virginia Pettis, has been in Antique Alley for nearly thirty years, and she looks forward to the plans.
"I think it's wonderful, I'm glad to see the improvements the developments, restoring of the old buildings instead of tearing them down. Antique Alley Park across the way," said Pettis.
To make it happen, shop owners, city leaders, and residents will meet over the next six months to decide what they want.
"Downtown West Monroe will be even busier and more aesthetically pleasing and just a vibrant place to be," said Mitchell.
Other possible ideas include repaving the roads and putting all utilities underground.
For Pettis and other members of the Antique Alley Merchants Association, they want one thing to stay the same - their namesake.
"Some people think it should be changed because of the different shops that have come into the area, but we're known by antique alley when we travel," said Pettis.
For the shops already in Antique Alley, they’re welcoming the changes and new potential businesses with open arms.
"It's good to have a diversified shopping experience for people whether it's clothing, jewelry, or furniture," said Pettis.
Once the planning period is complete, the city will move forward with implementing the changes.