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Town of Maysville wants to make itself memorable to visitors

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MAYSVILLE, N.C. -

A small town in the East is spending some big bucks to re-invent its image and make itself memorable to visitors.

The town of Maysville in Jones County is spending $100,000 in grant money to renovate its downtown.

Last week crews put up 45 to 50 banners with the town's new slogan "Naturally Welcoming."

The town will also add new sidewalks, crosswalks, and trees along U.S. 17 to make the road look less like a thoroughfare and more like Main Street. About 12,000 cars pass through the town of Maysville every day, said Jonathan Franklin, Maysville town manager.

This is partly in preparation for the year 2018, when the town expects the North Carolina Department of Transportation to create a U.S. 17 bypass for the town.

"The real change is going to come later down the road when the bypass comes through. That's obviously going to give Maysville a chance to take the 17 thoroughfare and turn it into the functional, stroller-friendly main street that Maysville wants it to be," said Franklin.

The town is also planning to convert a vacant building on 5th St. into a business development center, complete with classrooms, office space, and a gym.

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