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Official: Downtown revitalization construction running ahead of schedule

Phase three of the town of Erwin’s downtown revitalization project is nearing the end, according to Public Works Director Riki Forney.
Workers have until the June 26 deadline to complete construction, but accelerated progress has the project running ahead of schedule, Forney said.
Forney entered his position a couple of months ago, replacing former director Mark Lafever, Forney said that sitting in monthly planning meetings helped prepare for his new role.
“There’s been a lot of learning,” Forney said. “The help has been tremendous internally, with Summers-Taylor and Tysinger, Hampton & Partners in addition to Erwin Utilities. It’s been a collaborative effort.”
Work is set to continue down Main Avenue from Union Street to the intersection of Love Street and up Love to Church Street. Once brick-laying is finalized, only asphalt on the road remains before the project is complete.
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The town’s skate park is also nearing completion after passing through on-site inspection on May 20, according to Erwin Planning and Zoning Official Michael Borders.
TDEC was at the site on Nolichucky Avenue, along with Testing Services Inc., based out of Georgia, for a progress study inspection and head injury testing.
“The state didn’t see any problems,” Borders said. “Everything was good.”
Harp & Legacy is set to continue construction through the coming weeks. No concrete timetable is available for the opening of the park, but the park will be ready in June, according to Borders.
Individuals are asked to refrain from using any of the items at the park until the day of completion.