CARBONDALE, Pa. – Bill Wallis sees the benefit of the city’s facade grant program that has improved the look of town.
“A lot of Main Street shops had the face-lifts and that’s nice,” said the owner of Wallis Furniture. “That’s an attraction for people. The sidewalks and street lamps make it a more pleasant downtown as well.”
The facade program, the new businesses and the increased downtown focus are part of a strategic plan created by the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce in 2002, according to Mayor Justin Taylor.
Mr. Wallis’ family-run business is located on Main Street, where city officials and developers have been focusing an effort to revitalize businesses. He has already noticed an increase in foot traffic in the two months since NHS Health Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania moved in down the street.