Wichita Falls, TX -
Exciting changes are happening downtown. There's the construction of a food truck park, street repairs and now another business hopes to add its touches.
Newschannel 6 talked with a resident who frequent the area says it is a step in the right direction.
Kathy Burbank was dropping off and picking up books when we bumped into her at the Wichita Falls Public Library.
"I come down very week to go to the library and then I usually drift around downtown to see what's open and what's new," said Burbank.
Most of the construction taking place downtown are between two intersections on Ohio Street. On 7th Street, construction workers are breaking ground on the city's latest venture, a food truck park. City crews are also busy digging and fixing drainage on 8th Street. In between all the work happening, a Wichita Falls couple opened Connect Packing and Shipping, its grand opening this week.
Kim Galan, Owner of Connect Packing & Shipping said, "We just wanted to offer this service to the downtown area because there's so many people down here, live down here, work down here."
The business located at 717 Ohio Street is an expansion of owners Kim Galan and her husbands original wholesale battery company previously located on Indiana Street. Galan told us they had a need to be able to ship items from downtown and thought others could also benefit.
"We're a convenience for the downtown area that they haven't had in years," said Galan. "For people that work in the downtown area, they can come over here on their lunch hour if they need to ship a package. They can come before they go to work."
Residents like Burbank believe efforts to restore downtown is making progress, but understands economic revitalization does not happen overnight.
"It's just going to take time and communication that these businesses are downtown," said Burbank.
Business owners told Newschannel 6 it has the potential to create five to ten new jobs.