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Downtown gets big beauty boost as part of ongoing ‘Loop Plan’

Construction of a new water fountain in downtown Walterboro is officially complete, marking another phase as being done in the city’s ongoing beautification plan.
“This day has been a long time coming,” Walterboro Mayor Bill Young said during Monday’s waterfall dedication ceremony.
Young was joined on Monday by multiple city and county leaders, including elected council members, the city’s Tourism Director, Christian Spires, and Clerk of Court Pat Grant.
The new water fountain, located in downtown Walterboro, is a part of the city’s multi-phase beautification plan that is commonly called the “I-95 Loop Project.”
This plan began in 2009 when the then members of Walterboro City Council voted to approve the plan and consequently hire Wood and Partners to create the conceptual design for the overall project.
“The idea behind the project was to beautify our entry corridors and entice travelers from I-95 into our business areas and our downtown,” said Young, speaking about the mission behind the beautification project.
The entire plan is broken down into phases. Monday’s dedication of the new water fountain is part of Phase Two: This phase includes creating many downtown Walterboro aesthetic improvements, including creating new landscaping, crosswalks, lighting, and creating wider sidewalks. This phase also includes using new mast arms for better directions to tourists who are seeking downtown Walterboro attractions, dining and shopping locations.
Young said in his speech on Monday that all of these additions to the city’s downtown area is to “proclaim to travelers” that they have “reached downtown Walterboro.”
“Normally, when I cut a ribbon for businesses, I thank them for their investment in Walterboro,” said Young, at Monday’s ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the water fountain. “Today, I thank our citizens for supporting this investment in their community, and I thank my fellow city council members and city staff for seeing this phase of the project through to its completion.”

Wildwood Contractors (L to R) Ryan Crosby, Jerry Crosby, and Cole Crosby.

Young also thanked Wildwood Contractors for their design and construction of the water fountain.
“I think we can all agree that this is an outstanding improvement and one which shows we all take pride in the appearance of our city,” said Young. “We look forward to beginning work on the next phase and completing this transformation out to the interstate.”
Phase One of this multi-phase beautification project was completed in May of 2016. It included beautifying the two entryways into the city off of Interstate 95.
The entire plan is being funded through multiple financial sources, including grants and city funds.

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