Fort Payne Main Street has a new beautification project in the works for downtown.

Main Street is a nonprofit 501c6 organization that focuses on “historic preservation, job creation and the economic vitality of our downtown district,” and the Fort Payne Main Street Design Team is currently working on multiple projects to enhance the downtown area of Fort Payne.

Main Street Director Tim Harris said local business owner and Main Street volunteer Mary Reed used her “vision for downtown” to develop the idea of a Chandelier Tree in Fort Payne.

“She loves Fort Payne, and she’s got a great eye for beauty and a vision for the way our downtown is supposed to look,” Harris said.

Their newest project will see donated chandeliers fill a downtown tree to have a permanent, lighted art piece for residents and visitors that travel down Gault Avenue. The chandeliers are inviting and “add a touch of elegance and charm to any space” and can be enjoyed by all ages, year-round, Reed said.

The Chandelier Tree will be located across from the Coal & Iron Building, in the parking lot that holds the Fort Payne Main Street Farmers Market.

“The 5th [Street] and Gault [Avenue] intersection welcomes over 10,000 motorists per day,” Reed said. “This is a great place to create a landmark for our visitors and residents alike. Due to the amount of traffic in that area, it seemed to be the perfect spot.”

For this new feature to come to light, Main Street members are asking for the community to donate any unused or unwanted chandeliers to the project.

“Anyone that would like to be a part of this creation can donate a chandelier,” Reed said. “We are accepting all types of chandeliers, even if they need minor repairs. Maybe you have one from a garage sale or one that has a story behind it, either way we would like for you to let your light shine on Main Street.”

Reed said the organization will accept chandeliers until August 1, 2019 at their office located beside the Coal & Iron Building at 500 Gault Ave N, Fort Payne during their business hours of Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need assistance with your donation, call Main Street at 256-996-2131.

Reed said once the project is completed, Main Street will hold a tree lighting ceremony open to the public and will recognize those who donated to their efforts.

To stay updated on the project and other current news, Reed said follow them on Facebook at Fort Payne-Main Street Alabama.

“Our downtown is a reflection of our community, let’s make it beautiful,” she said.

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