OLMOS PARK — The Economic Development Corp. is backing improvements along McCullough Avenue by adding funding for road upgrades and boosting a merchant’s beautification project.
The City Council on May 19 approved an extra expenditure by the EDC of $27,261 to finish what officials and business owners hope will be the first in a series of sidewalks and landscaping betterments on the city’s commercial corridor.
It’s a continuation of funding started last November after the council authorized the EDC to spend $506,510 on new curbs, sidewalk fixes, landscaping, driveways and lighting on McCullough between the north city limits and Clarence Street.
This round of funding will pay to lower some utility poles and repair curbside landscaping elements damaged by motorists entering or exiting The Yard retail center and a nearby Valero Corner Store.
Councilwoman Sharon Plant said the EDC now plans to reserve funds to support another slate of sidewalk and landscaping upgrades for the rest of McCullough.
“This demonstration project has turned into a learning experience,” she said.
The council also endorsed the EDC’s approval of business owner Lin Marché’s $75,000 funding application.
This summer, she plans to relocate her 35-year-old fine linens and gift shop from 4307 McCullough to the Guarantee Plumbing and Air Conditioning building at 4601 McCullough.
Marché said she’s long sought to run her store — Lin Marché Fine Linens — in a freestanding structure and remain in the city.
“We feel so blessed with this opportunity and are looking forward to welcoming you in the near future,” she told friends and customers on Facebook.
The money will cover more than half of Marché’s costs to improve landscaping and the sidewalk around her future storefront.