STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - City leaders in Starkville met with a company on Friday to discuss a redesign plan for downtown.
According to Starkville mayor Lynn Spruill, the plan will make life easier for pedestrians.
The proposal depicts wider sidewalks to add benches and tables.
It also will take away left turn lanes down Main Street.
The most controversial aspect of the plan is that it eliminates some parking spots.
This new model takes out around 40 parking spaces from City Hall to Montgomery Street, some of which will be replaced with parallel parking.
A worker at Tokros, a salon in downtown Starkville, expressed that she is worried these changes to Main Street could impact the salon.
She said the business can't lose anymore parking spaces. The woman also believes that less parking could stop people from coming to downtown.
However, Spruill doesn't feel that way at all.
She said their focus is not on parking, but on bringing the community to retail stores and businesses in downtown by making it a more "park-like" environment.
The mayor said the handicap parking areas will be left untouched.
Her goal behind the redesign project is to, "make us proud to be an SEC town and not be the town that people say ‘Why would you go to Starkville?’," she explained. "You go to Starkville because it’s a great place to be and that’s the message and that’s the vision that I think everyone should have for our city.”
The board has not approved the redesign plan yet. It is just one option for tweaking the downtown area.