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Tyler develops plan to transform area of city into 'Midtown'

Street signs have popped up noting a new area of Tyler called Midtown. (Source: KLTV) Street signs have popped up noting a new area of Tyler called Midtown. (Source: KLTV)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The street signs have started to pop up around, but more changes are possible with a plan to revitalize an area of Tyler now known as 'Midtown.'

Midtown runs from Front Street to Fifth Street and from the railroad tracks west of Beckham Avenue, stretching east almost to the area near Loop 323. It includes Mother Frances Hospital, East Texas Medical Center and Tyler Junior College.

The plan was constructed by city planners, citizens and businesses within the Midtown area.

Click here to view the Midtown development plan.


Already items have been checked off the list for creating Midtown. Besides posting signs above current street signs, the city installed adaptive controls on red lights along Beckham Avenue to help the flow of traffic and installed a signal at Baxter and Fifth Streets to help the Tyler Junior College areas.

Business owners like Nick Pencis of Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q contributed to the many ideas in the Midtown project.

"It's a big corridor there's a lot going on but there's a lot that's missing too," Pencis said.

He said his business has expanded multiple times to accommodate the growth in the area. One recommendation for improvement in the area is making areas more pedestrian-friendly between the hospitals, school and retail areas.
"It's a really busy area," Pencis said. "It's really hard to walk and not feel like you're in danger of being in traffic."

Tyler Planning Director Heather Nick said the recommendations for Midtown could be funded by city funds such as the half-cent sales tax, or by private funds.

"It's actually other stakeholders within this area, within the Midtown area and what can they do to achieve the vision which was adopted and created by the stakeholders within this area of the city," Nick said.

Long term goals for Midtown could include more retail areas, pedestrian and green areas and possibly a hotel and conference center.

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