Sixth Avenue continues to make a comeback
A few years ago, people looked at Sixth Avenue Southeast as being hopeless. Its buildings needed refreshing and its landscaping was non-existent. Once Decatur's main drag, Sixth Avenue had become a drag.
But Sixth Avenue is coming back.
Two recent announcements will add significantly to the sprinkling of new and renovated businesses. Walgreen Drug Stores will build at Eighth Street and Taco Bell will rebuild farther south adjacent to the present location.
Chamber of Commerce President John Seymour announced recently that another major restaurant is looking closely at Sixth Avenue, also.
You may not be a taco fan, but you're going to love the landscaping that owner Tacala LLC plans for Taco Bell. The new building is what the company calls its "bold choice" design, which means it will be larger, brighter and landscaped with many plants.
Walgreen also will do extensive landscaping of its new building site.
But there were pioneers. Dr. Chris Teichmiller modernized an outdated building and added extensive landscaping. Redstone Federal Credit Union members did extensive landscaping when that building went up.
Personal Touch Health Care added more to the aesthetics of the major thoroughfare.
McDonald's also has a new, modern building with nice landscaping.
Some doubters feared that requiring sensible placing of signage and landscaping would discourage development.
Sixth Avenue is slowly coming back, and that is good. Decatur is large enough to support two major shopping districts.
Hopefully, property owners along the stretch of Sixth Avenue and the Planning Commission will soon agree on a redevelopment plan that will bring even more renewal to the area.